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The CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food's Limpopo Basin Proposal Development Workshop
Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa
4 May 2010 - 7 May 2010


FANRPAN will be hosting the CPWF Limpopo Basin Development Challenge Proposal Development Workshop at the Farm Inn, Pretoria South Africa from the 4th to the 7th of May 2010.

The CPWF Phase II research in the Volta and the Limpopo basins will be organized into five distinct projects. Each project will be implemented by a research consortium guided by a lead organization.

Among all basins where the CPWF is working in Phase 2, the Limpopo basin is the driest. Water in the more productive areas of the Limpopo is known to be over-subscribed. Rainfall is highly variable and in many parts of the basin there is typically little run-off. Prolonged dry spells are common, making rainfed farming in many areas difficult if not impossible. On occasion, however, there are sizeable rainfall events that result in uncontrollable flooding.

Chronic drought interspersed with occasional floods mean that farming - whether rainfed or irrigated – is risky. This reduces farmers’ willingness to invest in new technologies. Practices used by commercial farmers to reduce risk – such as the use of groundwater for supplementary irrigation - are often not available to smallholders. Existing infrastructure for smallholder irrigation is said to be largely dysfunctional. Many if not most farm and water management decisions are made by women.

In some areas, where competition for water is intense, further development of small reservoirs and similar water storage structures may be discouraged. In other areas, they are more acceptable. Opportunities for MUS (multiple use systems) are said to be high, including in peri-urban areas. Opportunities to use water-related interventions to attain development goals are closely related to a particular set of circumstances or conditions, so “targeting” and spatial analysis are important.

Research on the Limpopo Basin Development Challenge is structured into five projects. These are:
  • Project L1 - Targeting and scaling out
  • Project L2 - Small scale infrastructure
  • Project L3 - Farm systems and risk management
  • Project L4 - Water governance
  • Project L5 - Learning for innovation and adaptive management (Coordination project)
All five projects have some relevance for all countries in the basin. However, the specific issues addressed by each project, and the corresponding level of activity, will vary from one country to another.

The objectives of the Limpopo Proposal Development Workshop include:
  1. Have a common understanding of the overall BDC and its project components
    1. Understand the roles separate projects will play and identify interdependencies with other projects
    2. Have promoted integration between project teams, and developed a sense of belonging to the Limpopo BDC and the CPWF
    3. Be inspired and motivated by their Limpopo BDC and its contribution to the global CPWF programme of work
  2. Have discussed, explored and identified core project proposal components (including outcomes, outputs, activities, indicators, core approaches, partners) in line with the CPWF planning framework
  3. Understand CPWF the contracting process and requirements

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