Newsflash September

Professor Yasir Abbas Mohamed Appointed as the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity in the Republic of Sudan

Dear Professor Yasir Abbas Mohamed, we are delighted with your appointment as the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity (WRIE). Heartfelt congratulations from your family members of the Flood-based Livelihood Network (FBLN) Foundation.
Dear FBLN community, as you many of you are aware, in his previous position as the Director General of the Hydraulic Research Centre, Professor Yasir dedicated time and resources and made impactful contributions to the livelihood of the marginally poor flood-dependent and other farming communities in Sudan and across Africa. To our delight and honor, following his appoint as the Minister of WRIE, he immediately reached out for ideas and initiatives that could have lasting positive impact on the lives of the agricultural community and enhance the capacity of water and irrigation professionals at individual and institutional levels in Sudan and the region.
Minister Yasir Abbas Mohamed holds BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Khartoum and an MSc in Hydraulic Engineering from IHE Delft, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD with distinction from Delft University of Technology. He has extensive professional experience in water management and has made significant contributions to water management in Sudan and the region.
We once again congratulate Minister Yasir Abbas Mohamed with this important development, wish him well in his new position and look forward to a continuation of the good cooperation.
See for one of his lectures on opportunities in spate irrigation.

picture credit: IHE Delft

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Agroforestry in FBLS

Special newsflash August 2019

Agroforestry is defined as agriculture incorporating the use of trees. Trees have many different benefits like sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, bringing up water and nutrients from depth, building up soil organic matter and thus soil carbon and improving the microclimate. In FBLS (Flood-Based Livelihood Systems), trees have an important role to play with many different uses that considerably contribute to livelihoods of its people. The main uses are firewood, fodder, timber, edible fruits and fencing. More information on different tree species and their uses can be found in this practical note. To promote the use of trees in FBLS, we will share several successful agroforestry practices in this special newsflash.

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Newsflash July

Training Mekelle postponed 

The annual international training on integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems (FBFS) has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our websiteTwitter and Facebook to stay updated.

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Newsflash June


Tomorrow a webinar on pasture production using road water harvesting in African Drylands will be held at 2 PM CEST (3 PM East African Time). Go to for more information and the live link. 

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Newsflash March

FBLS Knowledge and Experience Sharing Symposium

From the 4th till the 12th of March 2019, the FBLS knowledge and experience sharing symposium: “Taking stock of a decade long evidence-based experiences of flood-based livelihoods systems (FBLS) in Africa and Asia” took place in Voi Wildlife Lodge, Taita Taveta County, Kenya. Approximately 55 people (practitioners, local and national governments, farmers, donors and

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