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Project V2: Integrated management of rainwater for crop-livestock agroecosystems

With mixed crop-livestock systems projected to remain the main providers of food (animal and plant) in the coming decades, oppor-tunities exist for smallholders to participate and benefit from emerging crop and livestock markets in the Volta Basin. Given the economic, social and environmental vulnerability due to high water scarcity and variability in the basin, improvements in rainwater management are needed for ensuring sustainable and equitable benefits.

The project will identify, evaluate, adapt, and disseminate best-fit integrated rainwater mana- gement strategies (RMS), targeted to different bio- physical and socio-economic domains. The integra- ted RMS are comprised of technological solutions, directed at different components of the agroeco-systems, underpinned by enabling institutional and policy environments and linked to market incentives that can drive adoption.
The aim is to increase crop and livestock productivity to result in enhanced livelihoods and positive envi-ronmental impacts, through strengthened institu¬tional capacity and improved equitable and gender-sensitive performance of crop and livestock value chains.

Research Approach and Expected Outcome:
Through inter-disciplinary action research, the effects of selected promising RMS and the enabling environments for them to succeed will be assessed. Innovation platforms, built around key crop-live-
s¬tock value chains and at various, but connected hierarchic levels, will be the major mechanism to facilitate the action research; participatory monitor- ring and learning and; scaling up and out. Tools and frameworks for integrated analysis of RMS, farming systems, gendered livelihoods and value chains will be developed, tested and adapted. Synthesis of the findings will inform the development of guidelines for integrated and targeted RMS options in specific recommendation domains. A wide range of infor- mation and communication tools will be used to disseminate the project findings to different stake- holders and to obtain their feedback.

Project Sites:
Tolon-Kumbungu and Lawra districts in Ghana, and Koubri and Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso, selected based on agro-ecological gradient and access to market.

Project Lead Organization / Organisation Coordinatrice du Projet: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

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