ALWM investment models for livelihood benefits (Bilateral activity cluster) (IlSSI)

This  project consolidates research activities and engagement across a a number of bilateral initiatives, looking at  profitability, feasibility and sustainability of A(L)WM outscaling opportunities for smallholder farming systems and entrepreneurs in SSA. It aims to inform investors and development agents on where, how and when AWM technologies can work in sustainable systems intensification with particular emphasis at farm to landscape level. 

Some major activities under this project include:

IWMI TATA Programme: Action Research for Strengthening Programmes that Enhance Rural Livelihoods.

A Decade of IWMI TATA Programme: Assessing the Impacts, Analysing the Approach, Agenda for the Future.

LIVES - Livestock and Irrigation – Ethiopia

The Goal of the Project is to “contribute to enhanced income and gender equitable wealth creation for smallholders and other value chain actors through increased and sustained market off-take of high-value livestock and irrigated crop commodities.”

The Purpose of the Project is to “improve competitiveness,  sustainability and equity in value chains for selected high-value livestock and irrigated crop commodities in target areas of four regions of Ethiopia.

SIPS (Sustainably Intensified Production Systems)

Evaluation of the Relationship Between Sustainably Intensified Production Systems And Farm Family Nutrition

AWM Solutions in SSA (ILSSI) TAMU

This research aims to increase food production, improve nutrition, protect the environment and accelerate economic development through improved access to small-scale irrigation technologies.  The components are: 1) identifying promising, context appropriate, small-scale irrigation interventions, management and practices for poverty reduction and improved nutrition outcomes; 2) evaluating production, environmental, economic, nutritional, and gender impacts, trade-offs, and synergies of small-scale irrigation technologies and practices; 3) identifying key constraints and opportunities to improve access to small-scale irrigation technologies and practices; and 4) capacity development and stakeholder engagement. IWMI's role is in identification of promising small-scale irrigation technologies, communication with national irrigation R&D organizations, data collection and field testing for promising small-scale irrigation technologies, assisting the TAMU/Borlaug Institute in model parameterization, improvement, training, and impact assessment, as well as assisting IFPRI in analysis of gender, labor, and nutritional impacts. 

Securing Water in Ghana

The overall goal for the USAID Feed the Future (FtF) program is to sustainably reduce global poverty and hunger through inclusive agriculture sector growth and improved nutrition status of women and children.  In this context, USAID-ATT promotes technology adoption by increasing productivity and profit margins for agricultural producers throughout northern Ghana.  The Secure Water project contributes to this overall goal with the main objective to provide water management interventions for sustainable dry season agricultural production, and thereby improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers in the flood-prone areas of northern Ghana.

Assessment of Small Reservoirs in Ghana

Small reservoirs (SRs) provide multiple benefits to communities across northern Ghana.  Various government and non-government agencies have been  engaged in constructing new SRs or rehabilitating old dysfunctional ones. However, there appears to be a knowledge gap on the technical, environmental and economic impacts of rehabilitated and new SRs. The main purpose of this project is to assess the impacts of selected newly constructed and rehabilitated SRs in order to provide recommendations for effective and sustainable use and management of the SRs in northern Ghana.