National workshop organised by FBLN Malawi
Last Friday September 1st, the FBLN Malawi chapter has organised a national workshop on rainwater harvesting and flood-based farming, in the capital Lilongwe. Being the first of its kind in the country, the meeting served as a platform to raise awareness on flood-based farming and its potential to boost income, food security and climate change mitigation through the introduction of best practices. The meeting follows the recently concluded field review of flood-based farming experiences in Malawi. The key findings from this review were presented during the workshop to get input from key stakeholders for the final report.

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Newsletter August 28, 2017

Please join us in a free, open webinar on microclimate and microbiology

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Newsletter 25072017

Cover videos: livelihoods from floods in Pakistan
The FBLN Pakistan Chapter has recently produced a series of videos that show a variety of aspects related to flood-based livelihoods in the country. Learn about how farmers along Balochistan’s Narri River manage their floodwaters, and how government interventions have changed traditional water distribution rules and practices. Technology is altering the ways in which farmers work their land. One video shows the types of traditional and modern cultivation techniques that can be found in flood-based areas. The use of machines to drill small boreholes for household use is also making a huge difference to many. They can provide an alternative to the earthen reservoirs that are used to meet drinking water needs for both households and animals in many villages of Balochistan.

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Newsletter June 12, 2017

Making Water Permits Work for the Poor in Africa
Save the date! Upcoming Thursday June 15th, the IWMI, Pegasys Institute, Flood-based Livelihoods Network/MetaMeta and African Water Authorities (tbc) will shed light on the implementation of water permit systems as well as the challenges associated with this endeavour. The webinar discusses the status of such systems in five African countries (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and the lessons learned from permit system implementation. Codification and optimisation of traditional water allocation arrangements is also discussed, as possible complement to water permits.

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Asking for help for Yemen

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Whereas we have all been promoting good practices in flood based farming, we now want to draw your attention to a horribly bad experience: the willful destruction of spate irrigation facilities in Yemen’s Tihama region. The Tihama was once the food basket of the country, but the aerial bombing of irrigation facilities has reduced the capacity of the systems with more than half. This means food insecurity, rising food prices and loss of agricultural income opportunities. The willful destruction of irrigation facilities is inhuman and in violation of internationally-accepted war protocols. Besides the destroyed irrigation facilities in Yemen, more than half of the drinking water facilities no longer function; spelling more morbidity and disaster.

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We kindly ask you to forward this message to those around you – those in power and those concerned – asking them to raise it and not let this abuse by warring parties go unnoticed or unpunished.

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