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National, Regional and Global Partnerships for Supporting Rural Livelihoods Kristofer Dodge WLI Manager, ICARDA November 11, 2014 Middle.

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1 National, Regional and Global Partnerships for Supporting Rural Livelihoods Kristofer Dodge WLI Manager, ICARDA November 11, 2014 Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) Improving rural livelihoods through sustainable water and land-use management

2 Research for Development Partnership

3 Overview  Water scarcity limits economic development  Expectations for Coordination Meeting  2014 WLI Summary of Progress  “Benchmark” Approach  Understanding WLI’s rural communities

4 Water Scarcity in MENA

5 Agriculture: Large Consumer of Water North Africa

6 MENA-WLI Platform for Partnership Goal To improve rural livelihoods and promote rural resilient communities in the MENA region by harnessing local, regional and international expertise. Objectives Develop and pilot-test integrated water, land-use, and livelihoods strategies in selected benchmarks that represent the major agro-ecosystems for scaling-out Enhance the national human capacity Engage stakeholders in a policy dialogue Adoption of water saving and productive options and practices

7 Expectations of the 6 th Annual Coordination Meeting Goal for this Meeting Plan 2015 Activities that map directly to WLI goals of increasing capacity of rural communities to deal with water scarcity. Objectives Develop clear 2015 workplans with stated outputs and indicators that correspond to available budget. Identify training needs to complete tasks of workplans. Communicate, as a group, the limitations of developing and scaling technologies of the WLI. Commit to timely reporting of project progress and M&E data. Develop a strategy for leveraging donors with WLI resources.

8 WLI Capacity Building Hosted ten regional and national trainings and sponsored three post-doc placements with USDA-ARS in 2014

9 WLI Capacity Building Tunisia-National Stakeholder Workshop, Béni Khédache (December 13, 2013) Introductory Workshop on “Soil and Water Assessment Tool – Watershed Modeling Using SWAT” January 5-6, Amman, Jordan, funded by CRP-DS, ADA, WLE and WLI On-the-job training on WEAP modeling of Orontes River Basin, Beirut, Lebanon, April 16-17, funded by USAID Catalyzing Change through the Impact Pathway and Theories of Change; WLI Socio-Economic Thematic Group, Amman (April 16-17, 2014) Water Harvesting and Watershed Rehabilitation Training Course in Jenin, Tammun, and Al-Dahriyya. (5- 15 May)

10 WLI Capacity Building Training on integrated management of salt-affected soils in Egypt, (21-23 June) Regional Training Workshop on Cost Benefit Analysis and Economics of Natural Resources Management (Amman, June) Training on recycling agricultural wastes to improve farmer livelihoods in Nile Delta, Cairo, Egypt, (24-26, June) Aquacrop Training in Partnership with FAO; WLI Modeling Thematic Group, Cairo (24-28 August) Training course on operation, evaluation and maintenance of on-farm irrigation and drainage systems under saline conditions, Cairo, Egypt, (24-28 August)

11 WLI Capacity Building  Tunisian Post Docs Sent to USDA-ARS Individual training for six-month focused on the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model at ARS Forage and Vegetable Production Lab in Prosser, Washington, USA from March 1- Aug 30, Individual training for six-month focused on field studies of irrigated crop production and modeling at the ARS Wind Erosion and Water Conservation Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas, USA from June 13- November 1, funded by the WLI Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab, Beltsville, Maryland (in partnership with NASA on MENA WISP Project)

12 Publications and Presentations Muhaimeed, A., A. Al-Falahi, E. Al-Aini, E., A. Taha (2014) Developing Land Suitability maps for Some Crops in Abu-Ghraib Using Remote Sensing and GIS. International Geoscience and Geomatics Conference. Istanbul. Jabbar B., A.Alfalahi, E. Al-Ani, K. Saliem (2014) Integration of soil microbiological data with GIS maps and development of final land suitability maps. Baghdad Al-Mahasneh, L. (2014) Adapting SWAT Model to Assess the Impact of Water Harvesting Interventions on Runoff and Soil Erosion in an Arid Environment; A Case from Jordan. Master’s Thesis, University of Jordan Telleria, R., S. Akroush (2014) Farmers’ Perceptions of Water Policies: A case study from the Jordanian Badia. Amman (In Preparation) Nagaz, K. (2014) Potatoes response to irrigation regimes using saline water, Tunis. (Submitted)

13 Publications and Presentations El Mokh, F. (2014) AquaCrop simulations of full and deficit irrigation of corn in a semi-arid environment, Bushland (In Preparation) Annabi, M. (2014) Estimating climate change, CO2 and technology development effects on wheat yield in Tunisia. Prosser (In Preparation) Annabi, M. (2014) Estimating the effect of the future climate change on durum wheat productivity in northern Tunisia and the potential benefits of conservation agricultural. Prosser (In Preparation, Submitted to Agricultural System Journal) Temani N. (2014) influence of climate on citrus production and quality in northern Tunisia. Tunis (In Preparation) Sghaier, N. (2014) Future climate effects on wheat in northern Tunisia. Beltsville. (In Preparation)

14 Publications and Presentations M’hamed. (2014) Conservation agriculture as alternative to improve WUE of barley in semi-arid region of Tunisia. Tunis, (In Preparation) W. Ghazouani, F. Molle, A. Swelam, E. Rap, A. Abdo (2014) Understanding Farmers’ Adaptation to Water Scarcity: A Case Study from the Western Nile Delta, Egypt, IWMI Research Report 160, Cairo. Dodge, K., F. Ziadat (2014) Catalyzing, Distilling and Disseminating Agro-Ecological Knowledge at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Global Drylands. Conference Paper The Water-Food-Energy-Nexus in Drylands: bridging science and policy June, Rabat, Morocco. (In Preparation)

15 Approaches Ecosystem-based research for development Benchmarking and out-scaling Improving water productivity

16 Ecosystem Based Rainfed systems mm annual Rangelands systems 100 – 300 annual Irrigated systems Low and nonuniform rainwater Dry spells Low yields GW depletion Supplemental irrigation Degraded rangelands Desertification Rainwater mostly lost in evaporation Water harvesting Low WP Salinization Marginal water Improve WP Sustainable use of marginal water

17 Willingness to Adopt and Cost Benefit Analysis of Implimenting Gender mainstreaming Dissemination and adoption

18 Gender: Building capacity & promoting alternative income generating opportunities to improve rural livelihoods Palestine: Training women in cheese making and packaging Jordan: Equipping women groups with essential entrepreneurial skills Lebanon: Increase water productivity of eggplants, improve processing and marketing of preserves Syria: Enabling women small scale farmers to grow medicinal high value cash crops using drip irrigation

19 Adopting Proven WLI Technologies  Asses researchers’ perceptions and farmers’ willingness to adopt WLI proven technologies  Identify potential challenges and opportunities for adoption  Devise appropriate dissemination strategies Country Technology /NRM Strategy Partnering Institution EgyptRaised bedARC IraqSub-surface irrigation under protected Ag OaAR/MoA JordanMarabsNCARE LebanonConservation AgLARI PalestineSilage makingNARC TunisiaDeficit irrigation for citrus crops INAT

20 Thank You


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