G5 IFAD sponsored series of knowledge fairs/workshops

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by Farha Khan and Afrina Choudhury. At Ganges Regional Research Workshop of the Challenge Program on Water and Food/Water Land and Ecosystems (CPWF/WLE), May 2014

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  • LDC Least Developed Countries
    Africa – fastest urbanising continent (UN Habitat) – by 2020 60+ in cities
    100-150 Million less people living with hunger
    Women farmers use only 5% of the extension services worldwide
    43% of the world’s farmers are women
    In sub-Saharan Africa women provide 60−80% of the labor to produce food for household consumption and sale.
    Ref – FAO, UNIFEM, World Development Report 2008
  • LDC Least Developed Countries
    Africa – fastest urbanising continent (UN Habitat) – by 2020 60+ in cities
    100-150 Million less people living with hunger
    Women farmers use only 5% of the extension services worldwide
    43% of the world’s farmers are women
    In sub-Saharan Africa women provide 60−80% of the labor to produce food for household consumption and sale.
    Ref – FAO, UNIFEM, World Development Report 2008
  • G5 IFAD sponsored series of knowledge fairs/workshops

    1. 1. Ganges Basin Development Challenge IFAD sponsored series of knowledge fairs/workshops Farha Khan and Afrina Choudhury, WorldFish
    2. 2. ‘Changing Landscape: Prospects of Climate Change 29 May 2014’  CPWF working within a region defined by hydrology challenges resulting from multiple factors, impacts of climate change being one of them  Farmers continually adapting farming systems  These systems can be more resilient, diversified and productive in face of future drivers of change  The workshop drew attention to the often neglected water landscapes, such as ghers and sorjan systems, that are the result of farmer innovation.
    3. 3. i)Galda- fresh-water system Bagda- salt-water system, iii) Sorjan system, iv) Agriculture in Gher and Sorjan systems, and v) Fisheries in Gher and Sorjan systems
    4. 4. The why’s, how’s and scope of the systems
    5. 5. Research new methods & technologies Saline tolerant Biodiversity conservation Technical support intensification Water mgt, drainag e Value chain
    6. 6. “Participatory Action Research: State of the Art for Research in Development in Bangladesh” 14-15 July, 2013 • In collaboration with CIMMYT and Practical Action • Enabled key actors and experts involved in the theory and practice of participatory action research to be brought together to share their experiences.
    7. 7. Objectives Bring together key actors with experience in PAR across fields of interest share and document lessons learned from PAR practice in Bangladesh Build a collective agenda for taking PAR for research in development programs forward in Bangladesh PAR Characteristics Joint Ownership Equity in Process and Outcomes Supporting ongoing Change Scaling for Impact
    8. 8.  The workshop also aimed to:  Build personal commitment regarding actions on PAR  They have been grouped into the following areas of personal commitments: practice, learn, share & influence.
    9. 9. Outcomes gain an understanding of the problem areas for women in agriculture and share ideas around new opportunities and strategies for adaption in the face of climate change. creation of a network to share knowledge and strategies of women facing the challenges in high saline areas
    10. 10. Outcomes opportunity to help other people (researchers, government and other agency staff) who may be in a position to help farmers
    11. 11. Questions?

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