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Presented at the Africa Agriculture Science week in Accra, Ghana on July 17th 2013, during CPWF's side event ‘Engagement platforms for food and water security: opportunities to harness innovation to improve livelihoods and resilience in Africa’

Presented at the Africa Agriculture Science week in Accra, Ghana on July 17th 2013, during CPWF's side event ‘Engagement platforms for food and water security: opportunities to harness innovation to improve livelihoods and resilience in Africa’

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Engagement Platforms for Food and Water Security: Lessons Learned

  1. 1. Engagement Platforms for Food and Water Security: Lessons Learned Olufunke Cofie CPWF Session AASW, 16 July 2013
  2. 2. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Presentation Outline 1. What is Engagement Platforms 2. Why engagement platforms 3. Typology of engagement platforms 4. Lessons from CPWF African Basins 2
  3. 3. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Engagement Platform An opportunity for individuals from different organizations to come together to diagnose problems, identify opportunities and implement solutions on issues of common interest: • as individuals • in small groups • or as a platform
  4. 4. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Diversity of Engagement platforms in CPWF Basins Purpose / Scope Scale •Input into policy making process •Participatory action research •Collective action and decision making for resource management •Local economic development through value chain development •Empowerment •Combination of issues • Local • District • National • Basin • Regional • Multi-level Process Use of many different methods Typology forms the basis for the selection of engagement tools for maximum participation and impact Participants • Policy makers • Civil society • NGOs and CBOs • Farming communities • Research and Educational Insts.
  5. 5. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Common Underlying Principles
  6. 6. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Generally Involve… Communication
  7. 7. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Why Engagement  Complex problems in water and food management  Multiple actors are implicated  Need for integrated solutions that are aligned to stakeholders needs  Thereby enhancing ownership of research result and use to improve livelihoods
  8. 8. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Major Lessons-1 Successful engagement platforms are: • Self-reliant • Demand driven • Evolve over time • Embrace multiple perspectives 8
  9. 9. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Major Lessons-2: Engagement platforms are useful for dealing with complex problems that require people to work together Volta: answering a question collectively Using conceptual models and role playing game Collective identification of actors, resources and their dynamics through multi-level consultation Collective identification of socio- ecological dynamics Biophysical model
  10. 10. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Major Lessons-3 • Build on existing relationships and networks rather than set up new platforms and systems. • Example: use of platforms of GWP, VBA, LIMCOM, WATERNET  Make informal links to relevant people and organisations.
  11. 11. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Major Lessons-4 • Engagement platforms are not neutral mechanisms. • They aim to promote change so they are adaptive in nature.
  12. 12. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta NBDC Learning Alliance Other Districts Local level Regional National Sites within district Other sites within district Learning Scaling out Major Lessons 5: Establishing a set of connected engagement platforms horizontally and vertically stimulates better integration and chances for scaling up processes and impact.
  13. 13. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Example Dialogue for water resources governance in the Volta Promoting multi-level interactions for IWRM at the watershed level Participatory support for IWRM implementation Local actors are aware of broader issues, policies and strategies National decision makers consider local points of view and perceptions Major Lessons 6:Platforms can empower local actors to influence government Policy
  14. 14. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Major Lessons-7 • Markets provide clear incentives for investments in production. • Examples: IP for value chain development in the Volta and Limpopo Basins
  15. 15. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Conclusions – Need to understanding appropriate engagement processes in each context- no blue print – Quality of participation is very important – Integration of multiple scale/sectors: • Resources required • Skills – Flexibility, alignment – Leadership versus Facilitation – Ownership and sustainability, facilitating uptake beyond research project life spans: the institutionalization of sound research findings
  16. 16. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Thanks for your attention

Editor's Notes

  • -understand change and policy processesMultiple scales of information gathering (farm household, community, watershed, country, basin) Cross-scaling in termsof resource management and/but also in terms of processes involved

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