Smallholder Systems Innovations

Program Outputs

 The SSI programme will generate three distinct categories of outputs:

  1. Knowledge generation and advancement of science.
  2. Human capacity building in IWRM.
  3. Support to institutional, planning and policy development in IWRM.

The specific outputs under each category are outlined in the following:

  • Knowledge generation and advancement of science
  • The generation of new knowledge of water flow requirements to sustain food production and ecosystem services at watershed and river basin scale
  • Comprehensive analyses and syntheses of conditions for upscaling of water system innovations and their implications on the environment at different scales.
  • Adaptive and participatory identification, development and assessment of system innovations in rainfed farming systems.
  • The generation of knowledge on institutional and policy requirements to balance water for food and environmental security at watershed and river basin scale.
  • Human capacity building in IWRM
  • Eight PhD students, 2 Post-Docs, and 10 MSc students trained.
  • Research findings used in curriculum development within the WaterNet IWRM Masters Programme.
  • Workshops and short courses carried out together with partners in the region.
  • Support to institutional, planning and policy development in IWRM
  • Decision support and institutional arrangements developed and shared with partners on sustainable adoption of water system innovations at watershed and river basin scale.
  • Identification of capacity building requirements for sustainable sharing of water for food and ecosystems at watershed scale.
  • Policy briefs and stakeholder workshops held on upstream downstream sharing of freshwater resources at watershed scale

It should be emphasised that the research thrust in the programme is applied and highly development oriented. Participatory research based on approaches of adaptive management will be carried out on the most promising water system innovations (e.g., water harvesting for supplemental irrigation, drip irrigation, conservation farming etc.). This applied research will be carried out in close collaboration with development agents in the region. It will then be linked with more theoretical research – such as watershed modelling – in order to answer yet unanswered questions regarding the challenges facing rural communities in drought prone watershed with regards to securing water for food and nature.