WP7:

Uptake and upscaling of WHT


Overview:

To assess the factors determining the lack of uptake and up-scaling of WHT at household and community scale,a methodological framework will be developed to account for the different factors that influence farm-household decision-making, and decision-making at community scale. The methodological framework will built on the lessons learned in Work Package 2, specifically regarding the factors determining successful uptake and upscaling of WHT. To assess the relative importance of the different factors, data will be collected at household and community level and a statistical analysis will be conducted to determine the size of the relative effects.Before doing so, the four study sites in the case study countries will be characterized, using explanatory variables from the literature and the re-visits to determine the costs and benefits of WHT investments and the agro-hydrological, socio-economic and institutional factors influencing WHT uptake. Finally, the work package will synthesize the main lessons and come up with a set of policy recommendations to support uptake and up-scaling of WHT in different African contexts. There will be close cooperation in the conduct of activities with all consortium partners, in particular those in the case study countries and of Work Packages 3 and 8.

The main research questions that will be addressed by WP7 are:
• What are the most critical barriers (economic, financing, institutional, social and environmental) to the up-take and scaling-up of WHT technologies and practices?
• How do these barriers differ according to hydrological, biological and socio-economic context?
• What can be done to support the uptake and scaling-up of WHT in different African contexts?


Objectives:

This work package will contribute (in close cooperation with Work Packages 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) to the overall objectives of the project by helping define criteria for:
• Transferring various water harvesting technologies in different hydrological, biological and socio-economic conditions (upscaling);
• Integrating the various water harvesting technologies in the context of local and regional economical development (uptake).

Deliverables:

D7.1) Factsheet uptake and upscaling: A factsheet will be produced describing the RTD activities on upscaling and uptaking and their first results. [month 24]


D7.2) Paper on the characterization of the study sites in target countries: A paper on characterization of the study sites in the four target countries will be written [month 30]


D7.3) Paper on WHT uptake and upscaling: A paper on WHT uptake and upscaling based on household surveys in the four target countries will be written [month 36]


D7.4) Synthesis report on WHT uptake and upscaling with policy recommendations: Synthesis report will be written describing and discussing the opportunities and barriers to WHT uptake and upscaling in the four target countries including policy recommendations [month 42]


Lead Institution:

Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam (VUA-IVM)

WP Leader:

Jetske Bouma
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