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Sourcebook coverAddressing Water, Food and Poverty Problems Together is a sourcebook that compiles best practices, research methods, and tools developed during CPWF’s first phase (2004-2008).

The sourcebook is divided into short, instructive articles that focus on an approach or methodology that has worked particularly well for CPWF. The purpose of each article is to provide concise information on how, why, and where such methodologies, approaches, and tools have worked in the past and may work in the future.

We hope that this book will inspire development professionals, field workers, decision-makers, project staff, educators, and anyone else interested in water management for food security. Readers are encouraged to directly contact the original authors of sourcebook articles for more information.

Addressing Water, Food and Poverty Problems Together is open source and available for download by chapter below. If you are interested in receiving a free hard copy of the book, please .

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1 General Overview of CPWF Phase 1
Chap-1-icon-square-white 1 General Overview of the CPWF Phase 1 (2003-2008)                            
2 Water for Food - Water for Life
Chap-1-icon-square-white 2 Water for food – water for life                                                                 
3 Water, Food and Poverty
Chap-3-icon-square-white 3 Water, food and poverty    3.1 Water, food and poverty: an overview of issues in river basins

3.2 Connections between poverty, water and agriculture: evidence from ten river basins           

3.3 Water, food and poverty: global- and basin-scale analysis

4 Improving Water Productivity in Crop and Livestock Systems
Chap-4-icon-square-white 4 Improving water productivity in crop and livestock systems          4.1 Aerobic rice systems for water-scarce areas    

4.2 Improving variety and crop management in salt-affected areas 

4.3 Integrated farming enhances rainwater and soil productivity       

4.4 Optimizing crop production with drip irrigation                  

4.5 Farmer-centered conservation agriculture research       

4.6 Conservation agriculture as an alternative to slash-and-burn systems        

4.7 Action research in support of better water management in the Limpopo basin

4.8 Identifying strategies for increasing livestock water productivity in the Blue Nile basin

5 Community-based fisheries

5 Community-based fisheries management            5.1 Increasing the water to food conversion rate in tropical floodplains

5.2 Institutional choices of collective action in community-based fish culture in seasonal floodplains and irrigation systems   

6 Multiple Uses of Water

6 Multiple uses of water                                     6.1 Multiple-use water services for poverty reduction: a background                 

6.2 Five principles for multiple-use services at the household and community levels

6.3 Learning to implement and scale-up multiple-use water services at the community level

7 Health and Water Quality

7 Health and water quality                               7.1 Simple solutions to reduce health risks from the use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban agriculture                

7.2 Water quality assessment tools for small reservoirs       

7.3 Approaches to assess health impacts of small reservoirs   

8 Understanding Communities, Social Learning and Gender Participation

8 Understanding communities, social learning and gender participation   8.1 Enhancing locally-led learning and innovation                  

8.2 Understanding resilience in small-scale fishery communities        

8.3 Social, cultural, and economic considerations in participatory rice varietal selection                  

8.4 Beyond fetching water for livestock: a gendered sustainable livelihood framework to assess livestock water productivity                

8.5 Gender issues related to the use of groundwater irrigation technologies 

9 Collective Action and Poverty

9 Collective action and poverty                    9.1 A conceptual framework to link collective action, scale and poverty            

9.2 Using the stages of progress methodology in assessing watershed resources            

9.3 Mechanisms for fostering multi-stakeholder dialogues in water resource management projects           

9.4 Use of games for nurturing upstream-downstream cooperation  

9.5 Creating a common platform for integrated management of natural resources in Nepal          

9.6 Empowering stakeholders to co-manage natural resources

10 Tools for the Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources
Chap-10-icon-square-white-revise 10 Tools for the management of agricultural and natural resources 10.1 Methodologies for characterizing biophysical resource systems in upland Lao PDR  

10.2 Simulation modeling to develop pro-poor PES schemes                  

10.3 Framework and tools for wise use and management of wetlands                

10.4 A toolkit to assist small reservoir design and management                       

10.5 Improved decision making for dam planning and operation          

10.6 A geobrowser to enhance stakeholders’ roles in water policy development               

10.7 Agroecosystem analysis methods to support decision-making for water allocation 

10.8 Improving the implementation of environmental impact assessment follow up

11 Scaling-Up and Out

11 Scaling-up and out                                            11.1 Institutional practices to scale up watershed management research           

11.2 Using private extension agents to improve farm income in Cambodia         

11.3 Why small farmers should invest in irrigation technologies            

11.4 Enhancing technology generation and dissemination for wider uptake and impact  

11.5 Participatory impact pathway analysis: a practical method for project planning and evaluation

12 Water Governance
Chap-12-icon-square-white 12 Water Governance                                            12.1 Supporting regional networks to facilitate collective action in water governance      

12.2 Integrating governance and modeling for better use of water resources    

12.3 Assessing institutional capacities for flood disaster risk reduction

IFAD logo smallThis sourcebook was developed as part of the IFAD Mainstreaming Innovations grant.