Integrated management of rainwater to improve smallholder productivity and livelihoods and reduce risk.
Duration: 01/Aug/2010 - 30/Nov/2013
Locations: Bostwana / South Africa / Zimbabwe / Eastern and Southern Africa
Project contact: Van Rooyen, Andre A.
Donor: Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)/IWMI-Sri Lanka
CGIAR Research Program: Water Land and Ecosystems
The project seeks to define the interplay between market access, crop and livestock technologies, and investment risks in water- and market-scarce environments that leads to technology adoption by farm families, enabling them to enhance food security and incomes through more efficient water use. Three main work areas will contribute to this objective. Water efficient farm enterprises and climate risk management Innovation Platforms will be established at project sites to bring together all role players necessary to increase investments in farm management strategies to improve productivity of crop and livestock systems through improved fodder production. Outputs of the other two work areas will feed into the innovation platform process. The important outcome here is the development of an understanding that increased investments at farm level will have beneficial returns at the marketplace that compensate for climate-related production risks. Understanding how the capacity of farmers and their ability to make use of new opportunities is affected by their wealth status, investment priorities and variable climate will assist in the design of new and more target-specific crop-livestock management strategies. Through participatory modeling and scenario analysis we can learn together what the impacts of specific interventions are, which farmers can make use of them, and who may adopt them. On-farm testing will substantiate the efficacy of the technologies and the potential for out-scaling