Planning and evaluating reservoirs for smallholder livelihoods and food security

With funding from the Challenge Program for Water and Food, SEI has been working in the Limpopo, Volta, and Sao Francisco basins evaluating small, multi-purpose reservoirs for the improvement of smallholder livelihoods and food security.

These reservoirs are a widely used form of infrastructure relied upon by thousands of rural communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In collaboration with local and regional stakeholders, SEI has been developing tools for small reservoir analysis and design, improving methods for institutional, financial, and economic analysis, and building confidence in a science-based approach to planning reservoir systems.

Building upon this foundation, decision-makers at the local, basin and national scales will collaborate to ensure the long-term sustainability of local water supplies and adequate downstream flows.