Newsflash August 2017

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

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Newsflash July 2017

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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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.

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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.

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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