The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) is funded by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF).
We aim improve the resilience of rural livelihoods in the Ethiopian highlands through a landscape approach to rainwater management.
At the end of 2013 the NBDC programme comes to a close. We anticipate that in 2014 a number of publications and other outputs stemming from the work will continue to become available. These will appear on these pages. However at the same time various strands of the work will migrate into a series of new research programmes run by the CG centres and their partners. The two CGIAR Research Programmes in which the NBDC legacy will emerge
- Water, Land and Ecosystems. As part of this new programme the Nile Basin and East Africa is one of the focal regional areas in which research for development utilizing the past experience of the NBDC together with partners will be taken forward. More detail and how the programme is unfolding can be found at- http://wle.cgiar.org/
- Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. The East and Central African Highlands is one of four global Action Areas for this Programme. Parts of western Ethiopia especially western Oromia form one of the Humidtropics Action Sites. The focus of this programme is sustainable intensification of farming systems and many of the tools, approaches and philosophy of NBDC will inform Humidtropics activities. For more detail: www.humidtropics.org
In its previous phase, the Challenge comprised five linked projects examining: 1) Learning from the past; 2) developing integrated rainwater management strategies; 3) targeting and scaling out of rainwater management innovations; 4) assessing and anticipating the consequences of innovation in rainwater management systems; and 5) catalyzing platforms for learning, communication and coordination across the projects.
The NBDC is implemented by a consortium comprising the International Livestock Research Institute, International Water Management Institute, World Agroforestry Centre, Oversees Development Institute, Nile Basin Initiative, Stockholm Environment Institute, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, Catholic Relief Services – Ethiopia, Oromia Regional Research Institute, Amhara Agricultural Research Institute, Bahir Dar University, Ambo University, Nekemte University, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Water Resources.
More information: Simon Langan (s.langan[at]cgiar.org) or Alan Duncan (a.duncan[at]cgiar.org)