WHaTeR: Work Packages


Livelihood improvement


Following on from the extensive rapid assessment of WHT impacts conducted under Work Package 2, this work package will deliver in-depth investigations of livelihoods at the four case study sites. It will follow methods previously adopted by Hope et al (2004, 2008) and in broader studies of the impact of agricultural innovation(e.g. Adato and Meinzen-Dick 2002) all of which follow the DfID sustainable livelihoods framework (DfID 2001)as a device for analysing the livelihoods system at household level. The research questions that will be addressed by WP5 are:
• What is the evidence for WHT delivering improvements to livelihoods of rural communities?
• Does promotion of WHT respond to the needs of beneficiaries (particularly with respect to food and water security)?
• What should be done in designing future WHT initiatives to deliver improvements to livelihoods of rural communities?


This work package will support, extend and add value to the objectives and RTD activities conducted under Work Packages 9, 10, 11 and 12. It will contribute to the overall objectives by:
• Delivering understanding of the extent to which the adoption of WHT has improved livelihoods of rural communities;
• Helping define criteria for designing WHT innovations and promoting uptake in the context of local and regional economic development.


D5.1) Factsheet livelihood improvement: A factsheet will be produced describing the RTD activities on livelihood improvement and their first results. [month 24]

D5.2) Paper on household survey of livelihoods and WHT impact: A paper will be written based on household survey of livelihoods and impacts of WHT adoption. [month 30]

D5.3) Paper on livelihoods and impact of WHT adoption on downstream communities: A paper will be written on livelihoods and impacts of WHT adoption on downstream communicaties. [month 36]

D5.4) Synthesis report on livelihood improvement with policy recommendations: A synthesis report on livelihood improvement will be written including policy recommendations for improving livelihoods through WHT adoption[month 42]

Lead Institution:

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW)

WP Leader:

Liz Oughton