Contest call for case studies describing innovations in technology, community and household practices that result in better management of water and livestock resources.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) invites individuals and organizations located in any of the ten riparian countries of the Nile River Basin to submit short well-written case studies describing traditional or contemporary innovations in technology, community and household practices, and policy, that result in better management of water and livestock resources.
The call is for studies that capture innovations and 'bright spot' studies demonstrating water-livestock management innovations that people are using now and those that have been in use for a long time.
Innovations in livestock and water development
Closing date for submissions is 6 August 2006.
At a meeting of the CGIAR in Morocco last December, ILRI reported on community-focused research in Central and Western Asia and North Africa to improve agriculture, water, ruminant health and market opportunities for poor farmers and marketers.
Nile Basin Region
Improving Livestock Water Productivity in the Nile Basin
Improving Small Ruminant Health and Market Opportunities for Smallholders in the Near East and North Africa
Improving Agricultural Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers
ILRI and partners launch an innovative livestock-water project at a workshop in Kampala, Uganda.
ILRI and partners launched an innovative livestock-water project at a workshop, which ran from 5 – 9 September. Participants identified technological, policy and behavioral changes that would allow livestock to become effective and productive users of the scarce water resources of the Nile Basin.
The Nile waters sustain life for about 200 million people, many of whom are desperately poor, from ten African countries. Water shortages already constrain food production in much of the Basin.
Livestock have been overlooked in water management programs. But the amount of water depleted by livestock in the Basin appears to be at least as great as that used to produce human food. (Production of livestock feed requires 50 to 100 times more water than animals drink.) A rising demand for livestock foods in these countries is placing even greater demand on water resources.
Uganda's State Minister for Animal Industry, Ms. Mary Mugyenyi, opened the workshop, ‘Nile Basin Water Productivity: Developing a Shared Vision for Livestock Production’, which was also attended by Dr. Carlos Seré, ILRI’s Director General.
For news items on the workshop and extracts from Carlos Seré's speech, click on the following links:
Monitor (Uganda) and All Africa Wire Service
People's Daily (China)