News flash July 2018

The Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar is prone to extreme storm events and flooding. There is a conundrum of nature-based vs. tech-based approaches in flood-based farming systems in this area. Some trade-offs should be considered when varieties that are naturally adapted to local climatic variability are replaced with ones that are higher yielding, but less suited for the local environment. The Flood-Based Livelihoods Network (FBLN) Myanmar  and researchers of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) are trying to better understand the farming systems that revolve heavily around seasonal flooding to be able to advise farmers on how to optimize their production. Check out this photo story on WLE’s Thrive blog to dive into some of the livelihood changes in the Ayeyarwady delta and lessons on trade-offs between new high-yield varieties and traditional rice crops.



Training integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems, Ethiopia
This August, it is time again for the annual international training on integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems in ASAL areas at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. It will be an interactive 12-day programme conducted by national and international experts using a broad variety of training methods including a field trip and practical field work. The goal of the training is to qualify professionals with comprehensive understanding & technical skills in participatory approaches, integrated watershed development in ASAL areas as well as FBFS and techniques to enable them to better plan, design and manage FBFS. Here you can find more information about the training and instructions on how to subscribe.

Knowledge sharing and networking workshop, Sudan

A knowledge Sharing and Networking Workshop on Flood Based Farming Systems was recently held in Port Sudan, Sudan from 14th – 15th July 2018. The workshop brought together different experts, researchers, government officials, NGOs, farmers and other stakeholders who work on Flood based farming Systems in Sudan and around the world. The workshop was held under the theme “Toker Delta; Revitalizing, the bright history for a brighter future’’. The workshop shed a light on the potential of FBLS in Sudan for better and improved rural livelihoods by identifying and building upon good practices and addressing the challenges that hinder the production and productivity at the Toker Delta Agricultural Scheme. It offered a platform for knowledge and experience-sharing among the key actors from Sudan and the region already actively involved in or interested to engage in the development of FBLS and strengthened the FBLN Sudan with new ideas and new members. During the workshop, several presentations were given and a visit to the Toker Delta, were spate irrigation is practiced using water diverted from a seasonal river, took place.

Moisture conservation under spate irrigation
The past year, research on the effectiveness of moisture conservation measures on yield optimisation under spate irrigation in Kamkuru, Kenya took place. We have frequently reported on its progress in our previous newsflashes. The research showed that moisture conservation measures in flood-prone drylands can help retaining the little available water in the soil for improved land productivity. Click here for a practical note that discusses the results of this research.

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Kassala spate irrigation course
Kassala University in Sudan is giving spate irrigation courses since 2016 at their Civil Engineering Department. They will also undertake student graduation projects on spate irrigation from next year onward. For more information, feel free to contact Elhadi Adam (