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  • 1. Photo:DavidBrazier/IWMIPhoto:TomvanCakenberghe/IWMIPhoto:DavidBrazier/IWMI A water-secure world IWMI/CGIAR: Africa RISING and LIVES Introduction to Livelihoods Research 18/12/2013, University of Antwerp Dr Valentine J Gandhi IWMI– CGIAR, Africa Location
  • 2. A water-secure world The CGIAR • CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. • CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 Centers, that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector. • The 15 Research Centers generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. • The CGIAR Fund provides reliable and predictable multi-year funding to enable research planning over the long term, resource allocation based on agreed priorities, and the timely and predictable disbursement of funds. The multi-donor trust fund finances research carried out by the Centers through the CGIAR Research Programs. • We have almost 10,000 scientists and staff, unparalleled research infrastructure and dynamic networks across the globe. Our collections of genetic resources are the most comprehensive in the world.
  • 3. A water-secure world Evolution of the CGIAR
  • 4. A water-secure world IWMI • IWMI’s Mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and the environment. • Research is the core activity of IWMI. The research agenda is organized around four priority Themes including Water Availability and Access; Productive Water Use; Water Quality, Health and Environment; and Water and Society. • Cross cutting activities in all themes include, assessment of land and water productivity and their relationship to poverty, identification of interventions that improve productivity as well as access to and sustainability of natural resources, assessment of the impacts of interventions on productivity, livelihoods, health and environmental sustainability. • IWMI works through collaborative research with many partners in the North and South and targets policy makers, development agencies, individual farmers and private sector organizations.
  • 5. A water-secure world Feed the Future Research Strategy
  • 6. A water-secure world Africa RISING • The overall aim is to transform agricultural systems through sustainable intensification projects in three regions of Africa: • Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-based Farming Systems in the Guinea- Savannah Zone of West Africa – led by IITA • Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands – led by ILRI • Sustainable intensification of maize-legume-livestock integrated farming systems in Eastern and Southern Africa – led by IITA
  • 7. A water-secure world Research components
  • 8. A water-secure world Africa RISING
  • 9. A water-secure world LIVES The Goal of the LIVES Project is to “contribute to enhanced income and gender equitable wealth creation for smallholders and other value chain actors through increased and sustained market off‐take of high‐value livestock and irrigated crop commodities.” The Purpose of the Project is to “improve competitiveness, sustainability and equity in value chains for selected high‐value livestock and irrigated crop commodities in target areas of four regions of Ethiopia.” The Objectives of the Project are: • To facilitate the identification, targeting and promotion of improved technologies and organizational and institutional innovations to develop the value chains of selected high value livestock and irrigated crop commodities; • To improve the capacity of the value chain actors and of the support services at the different administrative (kebele to national) levels to develop the selected value chains and respond to emerging challenges and opportunities; • To improve generation, access, flow and use of knowledge relevant to the value chains within and amongst the different administrative (kebele to national) levels; • To generate knowledge through action‐oriented research on, and synthesis of lessons learnt about, value‐chain development; • To facilitate the promotion and dissemination of principles and good practices for the development of value chains.
  • 10. A water-secure world
  • 11. A water-secure world LIVES
  • 12. A water-secure world Common to both projects • R4D rather than R4R • Demand Driven, Outcome focused.. • Increased participatory approach GALS, Participatory Video, Participatory 3D Modelling, Wot a Game, Companion modeling, etc.
  • 13. A water-secure world Subjective lessons from Objective experience • Train Journey • Three views of any article – software, GEPHI, XMIND, END NOTES, EVERNOTE) • Emma Seppala – (‘Friends’, Reality vs. alternate reality, ‘settling down’ vs destination) • Ahead of the curve vs 9 to 5 (Aat Paanch Pachees)
  • 14. A water-secure world Thank You