Managing water and land resources, the essential pathway to unlock Africa’s agricultural potential

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Date(s) - 14/06/2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village


Organizer: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)

Expected Number of Participants: 120

Room: MrBbo 202

In order to sustain growth and meet the demands of a growing population for nutritious and clean agriculture, African countries will need to find ways to balance agricultural development and other large-scale development efforts. Africa’s land and water resources are already stretched thin and the situation is being exacerbated by climate change, competing land uses and over-use. Current agricultural policies and practices tend to emphasize technical solutions to increase productivity, yields and incomes of smallholders. Given the increasing pressure on resources, the changing gender and age dynamics, and the impacts of climate change, a more holistic approach is needed.

WLE is carrying out a number of initiatives that contribute to livelihood development and resilience of African communities by scaling up land and water solutions through improved institutional policies and equitable incentives. The purpose of this session is to highlight emerging solutions from on-going research that work on land restoration and agricultural water management efforts, and provide recommendations on how these solutions can be further scaled and integrated into development plans in Africa.

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