SEI Contact:

Joanne Morris

Telephone: +44 1904 322916

Time-frame: 2010–2013

CPWF L1 - Targetting and Out-scaling in the Limpopo Basin

Since its launch in 2002, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) has become a comprehensive global research effort on water and food. CPWF research has included over 100 research-for-development projects and involved more than 400 partners, with SEI being a Program Partner. This work is done in river basins where 1.5 billion people – amongst whom half of the poorest people on Earth – live.

Despite hosting some of the most developed sub Saharan countries, a majority of rural smallholder farmers in the Limpopo basin still live in poverty. The challenge of low and highly variable rainfall together with inadequate technology transfers, inadequate policy and investment context all act to disable successful transitions out of poverty.

The CPWF Phase 1 identified several opportunities to manage rainfall in more efficient and productive manners at field to basin scales. The challenge of successful targeting and scaling out is still a key research and development area to contribute towards the Limpopo development challenges (CPWF Limpopo Stakeholder Consultation, 2009) with opportunities to enable transformations of rural livelihoods at a greater scale.

The project L1 "Targeting and scaling out" has developed an evidence and knowledge-based tool that maps the likelihood that a given intervention will be successful in given locations. The tool, called TAGMI, is intended for non-expert users and is available via the World Wide Web.

Download associated report (PDF) "Rural poverty and Food insecurity mapping
at district level for improved agricultural water management in the Limpopo River Basin"