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Water: A looming crisis?

"Some of the issues discussed in this paper were: Water issues are central to development and environmental sustainability. Government needs to play the strategic leadership role, and take the necessary decisions to address the water crisis. Peopl...

Irrigation Development in Ghana: Past experiences, emerging opportunities, and future directions

"Agriculture has a central socioeconomic position in Ghana. This sector accounts for about 65 percent of the work force, about 40 percent of the gross domestic product, and about 40 percent of foreign currencies acquired through exports. Although ...

Water Wars: Enduring Myth or Impending Reality?

"The contributions by Professor Anton du Plessis, firmly grounds the water and security nexus within the wider debates of International Relations theory. The subject matter was approached historically and Richard Meissner’s excellent study on the ...

Climate Change and Conflict: Lessons for Conflict Resolution from the Southern Sahel of Sudan

"Using a human security perspective, this report identifies and analyses local and international non-governmental organisation (NGO) interventions in cases of conflicts related to the environment and environmental change in the southern Sahel of...

Economic Development and the Water Situation in Southern Africa

"This paper aims at exploring the links between macroeconomics/economic development and the demand /supply balance for water in Southern Africa. The authors starts by briefly describing the water situation in Southern Africa and then consider the ...

Climate Risk Management through Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

"Empirical evidence has shown that farmers can adapt to climate change by using sustainable land and water management (SLWM) practices that provide local mitigation benefits, reducing or offsetting the negative effects of climate change at the lev...

Domestic Water Supply: The Need for a Big Push

"Accessibility to clean and safe water for every household has been seen for decades as a core element of basic needs and human rights. The Government of Tanzania (GoT) has endorsed the UN Millennium Development Goals, including the pledge to redu...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Ethiopia Report of Ethiopia National Workshop

"This paper has three synthesis. First synthesis: African Philosophy, and within this continent-wide perspective, a second synthesis: the history of Ethiopian Philosophy written in Ge'ez, and together with this second synthesis, the oral expressi...

The Development Trap: Militarization, Environmental Degradation and Poverty and Prospects of Military Conversion

"The main aim of this study is to analyze the direct effects of militarization, environmental stress, and poverty on socio-economic development. The novelty of the study stems from its attempt to explore the interlinkages and feedbacks of the thre...

Information Flow and Acquisition of Knowledge in Water Governance in the Upper East Region of Ghana

"This paper provides an assessment of information flows and the acquisition of knowledge in water governance of the Upper East Region, Ghana. These flows are patchy, often parallel, disconnected or slow. In many cases a great deal of information i...

Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa AERC Senior Policy Seminar X

"Climate change was chosen as the topic for the tenth Senior Policy Seminar to be convened by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). The theme is a major departure for the Consortium, but the policy connection compels AERC’s involvement...

The Story Behind the Well A Case Study of Successful Community Development in Makutano, Kenya

Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution in August 2010, following the post-election violence of 2008. This development was of huge importance, not least because there had been many previous attempts to overhaul the old constitution. H...

Évaluation Économique Ex-Post des Barrages de Niandouba et Confluent au Senegal / Retrospective Economic Evaluation of the Niandouba and Confluent Dams in Senegal

The people of the Sahel progress in terms of agro-climatic and economic vulnerability while the investment in water control is limited. The irrigation potential to mitigate this vulnerability is behind the renewed interest of States and developme...

Africa's Climate: Helping Decision Makers Make Sense of Climate Information

"African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges. The Future ...

Climate Adaptation Readiness for Agriculture: Drought Lessons from the Western Cape, South Africa

"Agriculture is a critical component of national and sub-national economies, yet it is also highly vulnerable to weather extremes and scarce water resources. Climate change is increasing disaster risks in Southern Africa. Despite progress on...

South Africa's Drought Preparedness in the Water Sector: Too Little Too Late

"South Africa experiences droughts on a regular basis, often associated with significant negative impacts on society and the economy. Droughts can be forecast, and South African climate scientists have been developing computer-generated models t...

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.3 In-Land Water Resources in Africa

This infographic is no.3 in the series called Natural Resource Governance. The data presented is about the available in-land water resources in Africa. The statistical data presented depicts : the percentages of international rivers and lake bas...

The Political Economy of Long-Lived Decisions in Africa: Framework Report

The first part of the report is structured around three primary research questions: Which long-lived economic decisions are most relevant to influence in order to respond to climate change adaptation imperatives? Which institutions and processes ...

Pathways for Irrigation Development: Policies and Irrigation Performance in Zimbabwe

"This report presents the findings of a rapid review to determine the policies and politics that have shaped irrigation practice and performance in Zimbabwe over the past 40–50 years. We conducted a political analysis to assess how politics and s...

Pathways for Irrigation Development: Policies and Irrigation Performance in Tanzania

Amid global concerns over rising food and fuel prices, changing diets and climate change, irrigated agriculture has an important role to play in increasing food production in an uncertain and resource-constrained world. For many countries in sub-S...

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