Water and livelihoods

June 30, 2011 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Implementation of the USAID Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) is gathering momentum. A ‘webinar’ held on 8 June at IFPRI in Washington, DC, and live-streamed via the internet, was entitled ‘Lessons and new directions for the WLI’. The panel concluded that the WLI is a “ready to use” regional platform that can supply a new generation of land and water users; field-tested agricultural science and technology for development; and techniques to translate these innovations into jobs.

The panelists included Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, who described the framework of the WLI; Dr Jim Hill from the University of California, Davis, who spoke about modernizing extension and advisory services using the WLI as a platform; Dr Sandra Russo, University of Florida, who described capacity development efforts between the Middle East Regional Universities and US universities; and Dr Jack Boyson from the International Youth Foundation, who talked about new directions for job creation in WLI project areas in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and Yemen. The discussion was moderated by Dr Scott Christiansen, Senior Agricultural Advisor, USAID. Lessons centered on how the WLI assembled a functional organizational structure that includes NARS, universities, NGOs, international organizations and donors. The presentations are available on-line at http://www.icarda.org/wli/reports.html#lessons

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