Newsflash February 2018

Thanks for voting!
Thanks to all of your votes, the project ‘’creating resilient dividends with road water management’’ by roads for water received the second place in the 2017 Resilience Awards! Roads for water is proud to be the runner-up and encouraged to continue contributing to a more resilient world.

Transport in floodplains
Road developments in a floodplain system require an integrated approach to planning and technical design. It is a win-win solution adapting to the constrains that floods impose and taking advantage of their benefits. During the 2nd Technical Knowledge Exchange on Resilient Transport held last month in Belgrade (Serbia), knowledge exchange and discussions took place. During this event, Frank van Steenbergen represented Roads for Water and the FBLN by sharing knowledge on and promoting optimizing road infrastructure for flood resilience and an integrated approach of roads in floodplains.

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We believe that knowledge-sharing and investing in capacity building is the key to contribute to the building-up of practical knowledge and national and local capacity to support the productive use of FBLS and improve the livelihoods of people living in floodplains. So far, there has not been enough focus on teaching and training on Flood-based livelihood systems (FBLS) and its related topics.
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Mustard Oil Production
Mustard is one of the main seasonal crops cultivated in spate irrigation areas of Pakistan. Cultivation and sale of mustard seeds brings a lot of economic activity in these areas. Mustard seed oil extraction has been and still is a livelihood for many households in rural villages. Until the early 80’s, mustard oil was extracted with traditional oil mills driven by animal power (camels and bullocks). The residue that remains after crushing, is used as animal fodder (locally called Khaal) and can be sold for about Rs 50/kg. This traditional technique is very time consuming and a new modern technology has been created. This technology uses a motor and driving belt system to press the seeds and extracts the oil to the last drop: no residue is left. It consumes less time but in many rural villages, people still prefer to use the traditional way because of the useful residue. The FBLN Pakistan is promoting and improving the cultivation of mustard in spate irrigation areas which positively contributes to the livelihoods of the people in these areas. Visit The Water Channel to see a short video on this (click here).

photo left: mustard cultivation, photo middle: Khaal, photo right: modern oil extraction technique

Kamkuru research website
In our previous newsletter, we reported on the feedback event organised in November to share research results to the local communities in Kamkuru in Kajiado county, Kenya. FBLN Kenya developed a website where you can find all information about this research on the effectiveness of moisture conservation measures on yield optimisation under spate irrigation. Feel free to visit the website via this link.
Dug-out pond construction
Dug-out ponds are traditionally built by hand. But simple solutions like an ox-drawn compactor can be built locally to facilitate the work. The pictures below show how simple mechanization for dug-out pond construction is taking place in Honduras. More info can be found in our short practical note.

Field research report spate irrigated crops
As part of the FBLN Pakistan, the Management & Development Foundation (MDF) in collaboration with different national and international organisations has been conducting an assessment on farmer cropping patters and income generation on spate irrigated crops.  A field research report on this assessment has been recently developed focussing on Sindh, Balochistan and the Punjab in Pakistan. Click here to read the report.

International training course “Market-led SMARTechs for water and agriculture”
The SMART Centre Group and SNV are organising an introductory short course to provide policy makers and practitioners in water and agricultural management with a holistic set of knowledge and skills to take water and agricultural initiatives to the next level, to become true agents of change and accelerate reaching several SDGs simultaneously. The course will be held in Mzuzu, Malawi from March 19 to 23, 2018. For more information, read the flyer and check the website