Eva Ludi

Eva Ludi
Wyss Academy for Nature

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The presentation illustrates the concept of multiple value of water. It provides expel of how how water value is deteriorating in parts of Ethiopia and shows why and how application of system chnage could help
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Boosting the productivity of smallholder farming systems continues to be a major need in Africa. Challenges relating to how to improve irrigation are multi-factor and multisectoral, and they involve a broad range of actors who must interact to reach decisions collectively. We provide a systematic reflection on findings from the research project EAU...
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Globally, semi-arid lands (SALs) are home to approximately one billion people, including some of the poorest and least food secure. These regions will be among the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. This article urges governments and their development partners to put SAL inhabitants and their activities at the heart of efforts to support...
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Studies of climate change at specific intervals of future warming have primarily been addressed through top-down approaches using climate projections and modelled impacts. In contrast, bottom-up approaches focus on the recent past and present vulnerability. Here, we examine climate signals at different increments of warming and consider the need to...
Technical Report
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This report summarises: the key thematic, national and global findings and policy recommendations; related engagement activities and stories of impact; the approach taken by the consortium and how it was set up and managed; the monitoring of outcomes; the lessons learned; and next steps for how the research findings and recommendations can be used...
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An increasing number of research programs seek to support adaptation to climate change through the engagement of large-scale transdisciplinary networks that span countries and continents. While transdisciplinary research processes have been a topic of reflection, practice and refinement for some time, these trends now mean that the global change re...
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en The role of smallholder farmers in multi‐stakeholder innovation platforms and thus in the innovation process that these platforms facilitate is typically limited. The EAU4Food project, aimed at increasing food production in irrigation schemes in Africa through improved farming strategies, used a platform design inspired by the community of pract...
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While adaptation to climate change has emerged as a key area of development research, little is known about the enablers and constraints to implementing adaptation-oriented frameworks for research and development programming. This paper documents lessons learned from the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) programme – a multi-stakehol...
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This paper synthesizes what is known about the physical and biophysical impacts of climate change and their consequences for societies and development under different levels of global warming in Central Asia. Projections show mean temperatures increasing by up to 6.5 °C compared to pre-industrial by the end of this century across the region. Associ...
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The reality of global climate change demands novel approaches to science that are reflective of the scales at which changes are likely to occur, and of the new forms of knowledge required to positively influence policy to support vulnerable populations. We examine some of the opportunities and challenges presented by a collaborative, transdisciplin...
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Rivers provide water for irrigation, domestic supply, power generation and industry as well as a range of other ecosystem services and intrinsic and biodiversity values. Managing rivers to provide multiple benefits is therefore foundational to water security and other policy priorities. Because river flow is often insufficient to meet all needs ful...
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The development of smallholder irrigation is a policy priority in Ethiopia, yet little consideration has been given to the role state interventions play in enabling or constraining effective self-governance in farmer-managed schemes. To address this gap in evidence, research was conducted in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, in two irrigation sites. Focus...
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The Sourcebook brings together key material from existing experience in the region, synthesizes and organizes this material and provides a basis for future thinking and doing to ensure that water is more productively and sustainably used across smallholder farming. The bottom line is water and food security for farmers in the context of environment...
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The Sourcebook brings together key material from existing experience in the region, synthesizes and organizes this material and provides a basis for future thinking and doing to ensure that water is more productively and sustainably used across smallholder farming. The bottom line is water and food security for farmers in the context of environment...
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This article discusses how decentralisation policies are enacted in the planning and implementation of natural resource management interventions in rural Ethiopia. A key element of decentralisation policy is the emphasis on greater participation by local communities. Drawing on qualitative research conducted with government staff and farmers, this...
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This paper draws lessons from two years of work with ‘innovation platforms’ that were established by the Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) program in an attempt to strengthen landscape-level rainwater management in Ethiopia. The NDBC’s work included the use of an innovation fund to support pilot interventions. This paper particularly reviews...
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Achieving water security remains an elusive goal yet the benefits of investing in water, sanitation and hygiene to achieve basic water security and alleviate poverty are clear. Households benefit through a range of livelihood impacts; economies benefit from greater economic activity and over the longer-term, households and economies benefit through...
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Equity and empowerment underpin poverty reduction. They are also important in improving "enabling environments" for poverty reduction and pro-poor growth because they can increase access to opportunities and enhance democratic processes. Some equity challenges constitute discrimination and structural barriers to empowerment. Donors can support the...
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The term “green economy” has dominated international debates on development and environmental policies for the past two years. This can be attributed to the hope that a green economy will be a win–win solution for overcoming the current climate and financial crises. The green economy will play a key role at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on S...
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Ethiopia is currently ranked 11th of 233 countries (and other political jurisdictions) in terms of its vulnerability to physical climate impacts, and 9th in terms of overall vulnerability, defined as physical impacts adjusted for coping ability (CGD, 2011). Yet little is known about its people’s adaptive capacity at individual and community level,...
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"Interest is growing in supporting vulnerable people and communities to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, and there is a general assumption that there are close links between development and adaptation. Yet our understanding of the impacts that development interventions have on adaptive capacity at the local level remains limited. Most de...
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The Ethiopian Highlands cover over 50% of the country and are home to more than 90% of Ethiopia’s population of over 80 million people (estimate for 2010); 60% of the livestock and 90% of the area suited for agriculture are also located here. Although more than 90% of the Highlands was once forested, today a mere 20% of this area is covered by tree...
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We analysed how policies in Tanzania and Kenya address the strategies of agro-pastoralists for coping with and adapting to climate variability and climate change, based on data from semi-structured household surveys, group discussions, policy documents and other material. Many policies indirectly address climate variability and change by focusing o...
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For many centuries, (semi-)nomadic pastoralists used pasture areas in the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains. Under Soviet rule, sedentarization began in the 1930s and collective farms replaced socioeconomic units based on kinship. Soviet land use was monofunctional and dependent on high levels of inputs such as chemical fertilizers, machinery, concentr...
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Water conflicts in transboundary rivers systems have been the object of a growing literature and ongoing debates among scholars of political science, international relations and political geography.
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El texto nos presenta el caso de una organización de productores de cafe en Etiopia, para señalar las estrategias de produccion y comercializacion entre los productores de café. Resalta la importancia de los cultivos diversificados, ya que estos permiten obtener alimentos para el auto consumo o la comercialización local, faboreciendo así la segurid...
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The paper considers the various and potential meanings of commercialisation (or market-oriented agriculture) for Ethiopia. Much attention has been paid recently to high-tech, large-scale, export-oriented enterprises such as floriculture: but international evidence and Ethiopian realities demonstrate that this is only one of many complementary pathw...
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It is often argued that investments in water supply and sanitation (WSS) generate wide-ranging economic benefits. At the household level, improved access to WSS is expected to lead to significant improvements, not only in human health and welfare but also in levels of production and productivity. Because of these wide-ranging effects, investments i...
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"Integrated village-based development projects are experiencing a renaissance in Africa and elsewhere. This has coincided with the apparent inability of many countries to make much progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Millennium Villages Project (MVP), developed by a team of scientists at The Earth Institute, headed by Jeffrey S...
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"Projections suggest that, by the end of the 21st century, climate change could have had substantial impact on agricultural production and thence on the scope for reducing poverty. This paper seeks to trace the likely impacts through changes in the quality of the physical asset base, access to assets, and impacts on grain production and on agricult...
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The Millennium Villages Project – a new approach to ending rural poverty in Africa? P roponents of the Millennium Villages Project argue that the complex problems facing rural development in Africa require a 'big push' if substantive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to be made – and propose the simultaneous introduction o...
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Promoting sustainable development in the high mountain region of the Tajik Pamirs is a great challenge in political, economic, social and ecological terms. The Pamirs, along with other mountain regions in the former Soviet Union, have been particularly affected by economic and political transition after 1991. With a transdisciplinary research appro...
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This paper investigates the performance of selected soil and water conservation measures in the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, namely Fanya Juu, soil/stone bund, grass strips and double ditches. The impact of these techniques on runoff, soil loss, crop yield and biomass production is measured at on-farm experimental sites in seven research site...
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It is often argued that investments in water supply and sanitation (WSS) generate wide-ranging economic benefits. At the household level improved access to WSS is expected to lead to significant improvements not only in human health and welfare but also in levels of production and productivity. Investments in WSS are therefore considered important...

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