Activities in Project Countries

The AgWater Solutions Project is working with researchers, implementing agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia, and in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

The project is using a nested-scale approach to look at agricultural water management (AWM) solutions at the farm/community scale, watershed scale and national/regional scale.

The AgWater Solutions Project has undertaken a number of research activities and stakeholder consultations in each of the countries and states where it is working. These are briefly summarized below but more details can be found in the country update briefs on the relevant pages for each country (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Tanzania and Zambia).

Madhya Pradesh
West Bengal
Inception and midterm workshops
An inception workshop for the entire project was held in May 2009 when the work plans were developed. These were refined in January and September 2010 when the project team met to discuss preliminary findings and how to engage stakeholders further.
Situation Analysis of AWM technologies
Situation analyses of AWM technologies were conducted in all seven project locations during the period 2009-2010. The purpose of these analyses was to collect background material on the current situation and conditions for AWM in each location, and to identify promising AWM solutions that merit further detailed study. For more on this, see the Situation Analysis Briefs on the relevant documents pages for each country (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Tanzania and Zambia).
Stakeholder consultations
Meetings and discussions were held with various stakeholders throughout the period 2009-2010. National Stakeholder Consultation Workshops were also held in each country in Africa, and State Consultation Workshops were held in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, India. In each of these National and State consultations, the Situation Analysis was reported on, and the participants discussed AWM solutions and prioritized aspects for in-depth studies. For more on this, see the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop Briefs on the relevant documents pages for each country (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Tanzania and Zambia).
Mapping AWM potential and solutions
The project held workshops with professionals from the agriculture sector to define typologies of livelihoods zones across each of the project countries and states. The typologies are being used to help identify areas where each AWM solution will be most appropriate and have the greatest likelihood of positively impacting smallholder farmers.
Field and watershed level case studies
Based on the results of the Situation Analyses and stakeholder consultations, the project is carrying out case studies on the opportunities and constraints related to a range of promising AWM solutions. Details of the case studies and their current status can be found on the country update pages for each country (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Tanzania and Zambia). A summary matrix of the case studies is given below.
   Case Studies Burkina Faso Ethiopia Ghana India Tanzania Zambia
   Field and Community level studies
   Water-lifting technologies (pumps) x x x x x
   Small reservoirs x x x x
   Comparison of AWM options – formal and informal x x
   Drip irrigation x x
   Groundwater use (physical constraints; access to electricity) x x
   Rainwater harvesting and on-farm water storage x x x
   Watershed management x
   Gender issues in AWM x x
   Lowland valleys x
   Institutional innovations and produce markets
(outgrower schemes; fresh markets)
x x
   Financing AWM x
   River diversions x
   Conservation agriculture x
   Equipment supply chain x
   Pilot studies
   Manual well drilling x x
   On-farm water storage x
   Drip planning x
   Pilot studies
   Current hydrologic (H), institutional (I), and resource-based    livelihoods (L) and assessment of potential AWM scenarios (S) Nariarle
H, I, L, S
Koch Bihar
H, L, S
H, I, L, S
H, I

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