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  1. 1. SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENTEmpowering livelihoods through smart water management options Sustainable Agricultural Water Management in Cereal-Based Farming Systems of Northern Ghana Partners Meeting IWMI Conference Room 08 August 2012Members Present 1. Prof. Charles Quansah 2. Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie 3. Dr. Pamela Katic 4. Mr. Edmund Akoto 5. Dr. Fred KizitoAbsent with excuse: Dr. Regassa Namara; Dr. Wilson A. AgyareMeeting Agenda: 1. Orientation on project scope 2. Updates on progress made a. Field trials laid out b. Instrumentation purchased c. Project communication tool in place 3. Next Steps a. Release of funds for partner budgets b. Field instrumentation deployment c. Training on soil and water conservation measures
  2. 2. SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENTEmpowering livelihoods through smart water management options d. Project workshops and meetings e. Field exchange visits 4. Other matters arisingOpeningThe Project Leader (PL), Fred Kizito opened the meeting with a brief presentation on theoverview of the project scope. Project partners include Dr. Fred Kizito, Dr. Namara Regassaand Dr. Pamela Katic and Mr. Edmund K. Akoto-Danso from IWMI; Prof. Charles Quansahand Dr. Wilson Agyare from KNUST; Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie from CSIR-WRI and Dr. KarboNaminong from CSIR – ARI.As a background, the PL indicated the main aim of the project, which is undertaken in theLawra and Tolon-Kumbugu Districts, was to provide information on tools and methods thatcan be used to scale-up and out proven water management interventions that have a highpotential for increasing agricultural productivity.The PL shared with the group the project work plan and research design. It was stated thatthe field instrumentation for the project has been purchased and will be arriving soon. Theinstrumentation expected includes Pyranometer, Anemometer, Soil water content EchoProbes and other data loggers.The PL ended his presentation by stating some of the expected outputs and capacitystrengthening component of the project. This includes training of famers, technologytransfer on soil and water conservation, provision of aerial maps showing biophysical andsocioeconomic factors and also reports on best practices on irrigation techniques. Thecapacity strengthening also includes participatory video experience, best practices inirrigation techniques and soil and water conservation manuals. He further discussed theproject budget with the partners present.Updates of progress made
  3. 3. SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENTEmpowering livelihoods through smart water management options 1. The PL mentioned about his earlier meeting with Prof. Quansah. Highlights of the meeting include possibilities of combining automated measurements with access tube measurements; selection of community trainers i.e. trainer of trainees (AEAs); location for on-site for both Lawra and Tolon; and dates for field visit. 2. Field visits conducted by the PL the previous week indicated that the field trials were well laid out and work is progressing as expected. 3. The project currently has a communication tool/blog for project exchanges: ( This serves as an update platform on progress made and also archives project datasets and literature. 4. The challenge we face is how to achieve quick wins within the project timeframe; we are optimistic that this can be achieved.Next StepsOn the way forward, the team itemized the following: 1. IWMI is working on the release of funds for partners which should be sorted out soon. 2. The team had discussions on water harvesting techniques. The team discussed on how best to cover the water harvesting pond proposed for one of the farmers to reduce water loss. For the top of the pond, it was proposed that the cover be in “V” shaped so as to harvest enough water. a. We have to also consult SARI who had a mechanism like a concrete pot put on the ground in their small scale irrigation schemes. b. Other proposals include water harvesting systems like dug out or c. dams/ reservoirs to harvest the water. 3. On the group of people to be trained, it was agreed that, we train all the available Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) in the Region of interest. a. We also need to spend more time on the Extension Agents (who could transfer the knowledge gained) rather than the farmers. b. It was noted that even though the training will focus on the AEAs, it will be done at the field and hence the farmers will get the opportunity to see what is been done and learn. 4. Field exchange visits were proposed for the farmers to learn from each other. Fred and Emmanuel will be discussing further on the field exchange visits. 5. In terms of logistics for field work, Prof Quansah indicated that, the group will go through the training manual. Each participant will be given a manual. a. The AEAs will have the detailed manual b. whilst Farmers will be given the pictorial manual. c. Prof. Quansah will be organizing for 15 copies of the manual and also the other logistics needed for the training will be provided to the PL for funds. 6. Partners who will be joining the team for the field work scheduled for 18th – 21st September, 2012 include Dr. Fred Kizito, and Mr. Edmund K. Akoto-Danso from
  4. 4. SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENTEmpowering livelihoods through smart water management options IWMI; Prof. Charles Quansah, Dr. Wilson Agyare and a PhD student from KNUST; Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie from CSIR-WRI and Dr. Karbo Naminong from CSIR – ARI.