Newsflash June 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.

Please read (http://thewaterchannel.tv/thewaterblog/473-starving-the-tihama-impact-of-war-on-spate-irrigation-systems-in-yemen) and watch (http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/media-gallery/6439-the-starving-tihama-yemen) and (http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/media-gallery/6412-yemen-s-humanitarian-situation-the-impact-of-war)

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.

Newsflash May 2017

A Look into the Impact and Mitigation of Drought in Kitui, Kenya

The first season of 2016 we got around 50 percent of the harvest, due to insufficient rains. The rains are not enough these days, they are not consistent. We used to have real rains; daily rain for the entire season. Now, it can rain today and tomorrow, but then it can be dry again for two weeks. So, the crops are halfway in maturing and the rains are lost.”


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News December 21, 2016

Managing the Microclimate

In the last few months, MetaMeta Research has been exploring the science of microclimate, assisted by a quick-win grant of CGIAR’s WLE Program. Last week, we published a video and paper that dissect the different aspects of microclimate, while posing practical actions to manage the microclimate. Through the influencing temperature, moisture and wind, microclimate management offers a pro-active approach to create farms and landscapes that are more resilient to the effects of global climate change.

On December 2nd, a microclimate webinar was also organised by MetaMeta Research, in collaboration with JustDiggIt. This is a Netherlands-based organisation, involved in the creation of hydrological corridors in Africa, with the ambition to cool down the earth!

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Newsflash November 2016

The Spate Irrigation Network changes name

During a recent meeting in October, the board of the SpN Foundation decided to change the name from Spate Irrigation Network, into Flood-Based Livelihoods Network (FBLN). This new name reflects the recent direction taken by the Foundation to strengthen livelihood benefits of not just spate irrigation, but of other major flood-based livelihood systems as well, including flood rise and flood recession, flood inundation, flood spreading weirs and water harvesting from roads.
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