SSI
Smallholder Systems Innovations

SSI Research Projects

The integrated SSI research programme is structured upon 6 research projects that cover different disciplines and different scales of research. They are designed to yield integrated research outputs, which can guide sustainable upgrading of rainfed smallholder farming within the context of watershed and river basin management.

The integrated SSI research programme is structured upon 6 research projects that cover different disciplines and different scales of research. They are designed to yield integrated research outputs, which can guide sustainable upgrading of rainfed smallholder farming within the context of watershed and river basin management.

Each SSI project consists of PhD/Post-Doc research projects, where certain projects (1-4) include two individual researchers/projects in order to cover both SSI pilot basins, while two projects (5 and 6) involved only one PhD researcher each, who cover both basins.

Adaptive development of system innovations

Participatory research on sharing exogenous and indigenous knowledge on system innovations. Identification of "best bet" practices from social, economic and biophysical perspectives. Development of research methodology for farmer driven adaptations of system innovations at sub-watershed scale. Deliver methodology for adaptive development of system innovations at farm and community level. Co-management strategies for watershed management at community level.

Host institution: SUA, Tanzania

Upgrading rainfed agriculture through system innovations

Agro-hydrological research at sub-watershed scale analysing soil, crop, water and atmosphere interactions of innovative production systems. Green and blue water interactions, shifts between productive and non-productive water flows, soil and water interactions (particular focus on soil nutrient and water interactions), fertiliser and water productivity impacts. The field research will be supported by crop water modelling and distributed hydrological modelling at the sub-watershed scale. Cost-benefit and analyses of system options.

Host institution: UNESCO-IHE & BEEH, RSA

Building resilience of the eco-hydrological landscape: Dynamics of ecosystems and farming systems under intensification of rainfed agriculture

Mapping of ecosystem functions and service generation, quantifying water impact and water dependence of ecological functions and services. Research on vulnerability and resilience of ecosystem functions to water dynamics. Ecological economic and socio-economic analyses of management strategies. Spatial analysis of interactions between water to sustain agriculture and ecological functions, development of conceptual framework for integrated ecohydrological landscape management.

Host institution: SU, Sweden

Balancing water for food and ecosystems at watershed and river basin scale: Integrated hydrological and remote sensing modelling

Distributed and conceptual modelling of biophysical implications of upscaling of system innovations at watershed and river basin scale. Develop tool for zonal mapping of system opportunities (identification of geographical units where water innovations would fit) based on biophysical and socio-economic criteria.

Host institution: UNESCO-IHE & BEEH, RSA

Watershed planning of system innovations: Spatial mapping of environmental and hydrological determinants

Research on water dependence and water impact of different land use types at watershed scale. Use of remote sensing to assess hydrological determinants. Develop the geographic component of the spatial zoning tool for assessment of technological fit.

Host institution: IWMI & UNESCO-IHE

Enabling environment for innovation adoption - Institutions, economics and policy

Research on institutional arrangements, support systems and policy requirements at different scales to enable adoption and sustainability of system innovations and achieving better livelihoods for poor people.

Host institution: IWMI & UNESCO-IHE