Crp5 Overview Annotated Sept 2010
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  • The CRP program aligns the work already being done within the CGIAR Centers and partners on these issues. At present we are not working together as we should, resulting in a piecemeal approach.The program allows for better engagement with partners, especially development partners, aiming for change and impact.Surprisingly, there is a divide between work of the water community, the soils community, and ecosystems community. Yet we know that they are all interrelated. We expect new insights and greater impact from such integration.We expect innovation. Here we mean innovation beyond “something new”, rather the in the sense of “bringing something new to the market” , or “something new made useful”. The program aims to make sure that research is put to use, and we need to design it to do so.
  • The diagram shows the research to development space moving from fundamental research to implementation and impact. CGIAR Center work is typically situated in the middle. The CRP broadens the partnership to include upstream research from universities, to better partnership with implementors for impact. The CGIAR Centers remain in their niche as R for D, yet partner better to fill the research to development space.
  • Ultimately the goal is to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty by focusing on global challenges of water scarcity, land degradation and loss of ecosystem services.
  • Present CGIAR work on water, land and ecosystems spans the globe and covers many poverty and resource hotspots. CRP5 will build on this strength.
  • We recognize that there are many ways to achieve impact. The CRP must include ways of involving producers and communities. It must also engage with policy. There is an excellent opportunity to engage at regional and global levels. At regional scales, we would like to use partnership hubs to integrate ideas to tackle water, land ecosystem problems in areas where these are key issues.Capacity building is important. We see our role as facilitating capacity building mainly by linking with institutes who do this. However, there is a great opportunity for capacity building as a learning by doing effort for everyone involved.
  • The $78 million program budget represents the combined value of CGIAR work in this area, some of which already goes to partners. This does not represent new funding coming into these activites. We do feel that if we integrate, tackle important problems, and have good partnerships it is possible to raise new funds. Our strategy will then be to use an increasing proportion of this new funding to support partnerships.For capacity building our strategy is to link or leverage funding for more capacity building.
  • An aspiration goal is to improve the livelihoods of 200 million people in 20 years. Improvements include better food security, more income, better health from a better environment, less vulnerability to droughts and dry spells, and more resilience in the face of change. These are steps to lift people out of poverty (note that we are not saying lift a half billion people out of poverty). This is possible, because some policies and practices such as basin water allocation, improved soil practices, better groundwater management, can benefit millions.

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  • Solutions for
    Water Scarcity &
    Land Degradation
    A Natural Resources Management CGIAR Research Program
  • What’s new
    Alignment of CG Centers work
    Better engagement with partners for impact
    fosters innovation – bringing something new to market
  • Stronger links between Research and Impact
  • Developing the Proposal
    On line consultations, plus design and writer’s workshop in Colombo involving CGIAR and partners
  • CRP5 Addresses Interrelated Global Challenges
    • Water Scarcity
    • Land Degradation
    • Loss of EcosystemServices
    sustainably improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, and ensure food security using research-based solutions to water scarcity, land degradation, and loss of ecosystem services.
  • Objectives
    Enhancing and safeguarding land and water access for the poor to sustainably benefit from resource utilization.
    Delivering greater water and land productivity.
    Improving land and soil health and water quality to reverse widespread degradation.
    Enhancing ecosystem services and building resilience by enhancing the ability of people to manage water and land to sustain ecosystem services.
    Change the way people think and act about water, land and ecosystem resources.
  • To meet objectives, focus on a set of “best bets”
    River Basins
    Resource Recovery
    Information Systems
    • Rainfed: How can we improve soil fertility and land and water management to unlock the potential of rainfed agriculture while reversing trends of ecosystem degradation?
    • Irrigation: What must we do to revitalize irrigation in Asia and Africa?
    • Resource Recovery: How can we enhance food security by recovering nutrient and other resources from solid and liquid waste streams?
    • Groundwater: How do we make groundwater use sustainable?
    • Pastoral: What changes in land and water management are needed to support pastoral livelihoods?
    • Basins: How do we manage water and land resources in major agricultural river basins in ways that meet the needs of people and ecosystems?
    • Ecosystems: How do we improve ecosystem resilience and services to support ecosystem resilience and provide farmers and pastoralists with a production system that has increased adaptability to environmental change?
    • Information: How can we develop and use soil, water and ecosystem information systems to generate information for evidence based policy recommendations and for supporting the implementation, out-scaling, and evaluation?
  • CRP5: Ongoing projects under different Best Bets
  • Multiple Paths to Impact
    Focus on clients - farmer and community perspectives; different needs of women, men, youth
    Focal countries – for policy and investment support
    Partnership networks
    Global and regional engagement
    Facilitating capacity building
  • Budget
    Combined work of CGIAR Centers totals about $78 million in this area
    Caution – this does not represent new funding
    Strategy – an increasing proportion of additional funding is for supporting partnerships
  • Impact -200 million livelihoods improved in 20 years