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Shoats in the forest


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Shoats in the forest

  1. 1. Rainwater management for resilient livelihoods The Nile Basin Development Challenge <ul><li>Map, target and scale out ‘best bet’ rainwater management interventions </li></ul><ul><li>We: </li></ul><ul><li>match technologies (or whole strategies) with environments; </li></ul><ul><li>identify the conditions – biophysical and institutional – that favor the use of particular sets of practices; </li></ul><ul><li>scan the landscape to find out where else these conditions prevail; </li></ul><ul><li>help to identify the ‘conditionalities’ under which different recommendations are likely to be successful. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: An Notenbaert [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Assess and anticipate the consequences of successful innovation </li></ul><ul><li>We: </li></ul><ul><li>quantify the consequences of improved rainwater management systems - on community livelihoods, resource productivity, land quality, and downstream water quality and siltation; </li></ul><ul><li>measure the downstream, cross-scale consequences of successful innovation in the Ethiopian highlands; </li></ul><ul><li>anticipate the likely consequences of improved rainwater management systems; and we monitor and measure these consequences ex post. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Charlotte Macalister [email_address] </li></ul> February 2011 The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) is funded by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF). It aims to improve the resilience of rural livelihoods in the Ethiopian highlands. It is implemented by a consortium comprising the International Livestock Research Institute, International Water Management Institute, World Agroforestry Centre, Oversees Development Institute, Nile Basin Initiative, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, Catholic Relief Services – Ethiopia, Oromia Regional Research Institute, Amhara Agricultural Research Institute, Bahir Dar University, Ambo University, Nekemte University, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Water Resources. <ul><li>Learning and communication to support innovation and adaptive management </li></ul><ul><li>We: </li></ul><ul><li>ensure that synergies, lessons and interactions between the Nile Basin projects are fully exploited. </li></ul><ul><li>synthesize lessons and facilitate multi-actor platforms and processes that contribute to successful scaling up and out of rainwater management systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Tilahun Amede [email_address] </li></ul>Who? We urgently need to reverse land degradation and improve water productivity. We need to produce more food with less water. We need to increase the resilience of people’s livelihoods. Over 14 million people live in the Blue Nile area. Ecosystems and land are under threat of degradation and millions of these people face poverty and food insecurity. Their livelihoods are at risk. By promoting the adoption of improved rainwater management systems and practices, the Nile Basin Development Challenge aims to improve the resilience of people’s livelihoods in rural Ethiopia. The Challenge works through four linked projects; in three ‘ woreda’s’ of Ethiopia: Diga, Fogera, and Jeldu. Why? <ul><li>Catalyze integrated rainwater management strategies – technologies, institutions and policies </li></ul><ul><li>We: </li></ul><ul><li>examine the extent to which new technologies can combine with policy changes and institutional strengthening and reform to spur widespread innovation </li></ul><ul><li>optimize contributions of micro-credit, land tenure, and community collective action to integrated rainwater management strategies </li></ul><ul><li>start from the premise that successful and sustainable rainwater management systems are based on a set of interlinked mutually supportive landscape components. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Bharat Sharma [email_address] </li></ul>How?