Research Approach

Action Research

GWI EA is developing action rFarmerTanzaniaesearch activities with partners in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, using evidence to influence policy and decision making on investing in water for smallholder farmers.

We are working in one focus district in each country through Learning and Practice Alliances and, through these LPAs, developing action research with Champion Farmers, local authorities, research organizations and implementers.

The research is focusing on technologies and practices that can enhance water access and use in agriculture, particularly given high rainfall variability, how to scale up successful approaches, and ways of enhancing existing levels of investment over time.

GWIEA_leaves_smallOur approach to advocacy is to build alliances, engage directly with beneficiaries and decision makers and to reduce the gap between evidence of what works and decision making on how much and what to invest in, including by farmers themselves.

One of our tools is the development of a Regional Charter on Investment in Water for Smallholder Agriculture in partnership with key stakeholder from three focus countries and key regional institutions.

This Charter was agreed and signed in Morogoro, Tanzania on the 28th August 2013 and can be viewed here. Signatories to the charter include representatives of water and agriculture ministries, research institutions, local district officials, international agencies, the media and civil society.

We welcome further input and encourage those visiting this site to sign up to the Charter!

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