Improving farm productivity through integrated rainwater management strategies in the Nile Basin
Integrated rainwater management strategies (RMS) combine technologies, policies and institutions. Researchers aim to integrate land and water management, crop component technology, crop management, crop-livestock systems, pastoral systems and agroforestry systems to raise productivity and incomes and enhance resilience, while slowing land degradation and reducing downstream siltation. The project will also examine the extent to which policy change and institutional strengthening and reform can combine with new technologies to spur innovation. It will look into micro-credit, cooperative societies, land tenure, collective action in communities, and the various roles of formal and informal institutions, as part of integrated strategies to improve rainwater management.