Water and Livelihoods Initiative

February 12, 2012 at 7:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Planning for 2012: project partners at the 3rd WLI Regional Coordination Meeting in Amman

The USAID-funded Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) continues to progress towards its goal of improving rural livelihoods in the Middle East, through technologies for agriculture and natural resource management. Project workplans for year 2012 were developed jointly by project partners at the 3rd WLI Regional Coordination Meeting held in Amman in December. At the meeting, researchers from six countries ― Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen ― reviewed 2011 results, and agreed on activities and time frames for pilot research on on-farm water management, salinity management and integrated crop- livestock production. Participants at the meeting included Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, and senior staff from a number of US and regional universities.

Capacity building is a major WLI component. A training course on monitoring and evaluation techniques, conducted in Amman, helped build skills among Jordanian researchers involved in the WLI. The course also focused on linkages and commonalities between WLI and the USAID-funded Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative. It discussed how best to align the FTF results framework to the WLI benchmark approach, including criteria for selecting indicators and mechanisms for data collection. The training was provided by Drs. Sarah Tully and Clarissa Hageman from USAID and Dr. Sandra Russo from the University of Florida.

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