Successful completion of project design to reduce poverty in Afghanistan

We have successfully completed the design of a new Asian Development Fund/EU funded investment project with total funding of US$76 million in Afghanistan. The design has been completed both on time and within budget, and has now been approved by the Asian Development Fund board for implementation.

The Panj-Amu River Basin Sector Project will increase agricultural productivity in the Panj-Amu River Basin through improving access and use of water at farm, scheme and river levels. The project supports the government’s strategy, which aims to increase per-capita income and reduce poverty among rural and pastoral communities.

Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries in the world; the poverty headcount rate is 39%. While 79% of the national work force depends on agriculture for a living, only 12% (or 64.4 million hectares (ha)) of the country's terrain is arable. Limited access to irrigation water and sporadic irrigation has been the primary cause for crop yields below the world average.  

The project will improve cropping intensities, irrigated areas, and crop yields on a command area of 74,500 ha. As a result, annual farm incomes will increase in the range of $123-615 per household for over 55,000 households, and approximately 11,000 full-time rural jobs will be created per annum, with an estimated value of $10.4 million per annum.

We will also see an improvement in food security, as home-grown wheat takes the place of imported food stuffs, leading to greater food self-sufficiency, as well as an increase in exports of high-value products such as fruit and nuts. The project will also create more economic opportunities for agribusiness development, particularly for input suppliers and processors of agricultural products and for market intermediaries.

For further details on the project please click here.

Fruits produced by Landell Mills-managed horticultural project impress Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

From left H.E Assadullah Zamir, MAIL Minister, Amrullah Saleh, Former NDS Director, H.E Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive, and Shershah Stanikzai, PHDC Coordinator.

From left H.E Assadullah Zamir, MAIL Minister, Amrullah Saleh, Former NDS Director, H.E Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive, and Shershah Stanikzai, PHDC Coordinator.

Fruits cultivated by the Perennial Horticulture Development Centers (PHDCs) met with an enthusiastic response from H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, at a recent agricultural fair in Kabul.

Dr. Abdullah remarked: “This is the first time that I have seen a seedless pomegranate and a big pear like this in Afghanistan. I never thought such fruits could be produced in the country, but now I can see that the Perennial Horticulture Development Centers are doing it.”

The Centers, which are supported by the EU-funded Transition Project in support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), managed by Landell Mills, were amongst 200 organisations to take part in the event, which attracted more than one hundred thousand people. The Centers took the opportunity to display a collection of national fruit that they have cultivated, including varieties of pomegranate, citrus, apple, persimmon, grapes and dates.

The overall aim of the Centers is to enable the Afghan horticultural industry to respond profitably to market demand through activities such as:

People visiting the PHDC booth at Badam Bagh during the AgFair.

People visiting the PHDC booth at Badam Bagh during the AgFair.

  • cultivating a national collection of fruit and nut varieties
  • introducing varieties to domestic demonstration orchards
  • developing pollination trails and breeding programmes
  • undertaking evaluation, characterisation and data collection

The Centers’ most ambitious target is to provide Afghanistan with a national germ-plasm collection to preserve over 950 accessions for all major types of perennial fruit trees and vines.

The €14 million EU-MAIL Transition Project aims to facilitate the sustainable transition of the Perennial Horticulture Development Centers and similar projects into the government structure of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock. Find out more here.

Panj Amu River Basin Programme delivers practical training course for students

Dr. Claude de Patoul, team leader for the Panj Amu River Basin Programme during the training.

Dr. Claude de Patoul, team leader for the Panj Amu River Basin Programme during the training.

Thirty-two students from the Hydraulics and Hydraulic Structures Department at Kabul Polytechnic University recently took part in a five-day training course organised by the Panj Amu River Basin Programme team. The programme, managed by Landell Mills and funded by the EU, aims to foster equitable and sustainable water management practices. Training future water management experts is one component of this goal.

The course helped equip the students with practical lessons to complement their studies and enhance their field work. They learnt how to design a gated off-take structure and a weir on permeable foundations. They also learnt about hydraulic, irrigation and social parameters to be taken into account in the design process. Students were also provided with a good practice guide and trained in the use of an Excel spreadsheet, which was formulated to generate the data required for the design process.

In total, forty-nine students have benefitted from the training to date. The first module on the hydraulic design of a cross regulator was delivered in a previous training session in March 2016 (find out more here).

The course, and the training tools provided, are expected to be extremely useful for future hydraulic structure design, both in the Panj-Amu region and in river basins across the country. The programme aims to continue to provide this kind of training on an ongoing basis. 

Landell Mills organises Jucar River Basin study visit for the Tajikistan Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

Landell Mills has supported staff of Tajikistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources on a study tour as part of the Zarafshon Integrated Sub-Basin Project. The visit, which was organised by the UK Irrigation Association, provided insights into water resource management at the Jucar River Basin Authority in Valencia, Spain. The Authority is one of the most advanced water management systems in Europe.

View of Tous Reservoir from the dam

View of Tous Reservoir from the dam

The Authority’s office, along with the river basin’s lake and wetlands, a dam, reservoir and canal were visited during the tour. The Authority, which is a partnership between the Government, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and civil society, is equipped with sophisticated water and weather information systems to help with drought management and flood control decision making. It has also developed practical decision making criteria to effectively deal with drought management and flood control.

Group members with representatives of the Turia River Water Tribunal

Group members with representatives of the Turia River Water Tribunal

The group also attended a session of the Turia River Water Tribunal on conflict solving and decision making. This has been in operation for more than 1,000 years and is one of the oldest legal courts in the world. Eight democratically elected farmers, a chair person and representatives of seven canals meet weekly. Together, they resolve problems related to irrigation distribution issues, disagreements between irrigators, or illegal water extractions in any of the seven irrigation canals of the Turia River. The tribunal therefore serves as a very successful model for other institutions.

The two organisations agreed to set up a twinning and sign a memorandum of understanding. This agreement forms part of a wider project that Landell Mills is managing. Its overall aim is to strengthen water management community organisations and set up river basin organisational structures, which will help advance sustainable integrated water resources management in Tajikistan. This will result in: enhanced rural livelihoods and food security; improved electricity and domestic water supply; and better sanitation.

Daler Holmatov, Chief Specialist of the Tajikistan Department of Water and Energy Policy said:

“The study tour to the Jucar River Basin Organisation was very well organised. We saw sophisticated practices in water management and actual management issues in the Tous Reservoir and environmental protection of the Albufera lake. The Tribunal must be such a good conflict resolution mechanism to address water-related disputes, as it has survived for almost 1,000 years. Our trip to Spain was very productive, we were received with great hospitality and we now know much more about the importance of basin management in the water sector.”

Landell Mills and the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources would like to thank Melvyn Kay, Ruth Gage, David Haro and Joaquín Andreu for their enthusiastic support to the Tajik delegation.

Sudan Food Security Programme smallholder success stories

We are pleased to share the success stories of a number of smallholders benefiting from the Sudan Food Security Programme. The programme is funded by the EU with technical advisory support provided by Landell Mills. It focuses on improving the food security and livelihoods of rural smallholders and in so doing, helps in combatting the drivers of migration from the area. It targets four states in Sudan, focusing on rain-fed sorghum production in Kassala, Gedaref and Blue Nile States and on fisheries and horticulture in Red Sea State. 

The beneficiaries' stories show how productivity and incomes have increased in the target areas due to the introduction of improved agricultural practices and new technologies. This has led to production surpluses and lifted smallholders out of a subsistence-based way of life. Beneficiaries’ knowledge and understanding of the new production techniques have grown through training conducted under the programme and they now have access to farmers and fishermen's associations, which give small-scale producers a voice and purchasing power beyond their village's boundary.

While much of the support is currently coming from EU funds, beneficiaries are required to pay a small contribution towards the cost of technical support. The aim is to gradually increase this contribution to 100% by the end of the project.


Case studies

Farmer 50 years old WHH Wad Elhilew, Kassala State

Farmer
50 years old
WHH
Wad Elhilew, Kassala State

Mahgoub Said Mustafa

Since joining the programme a year ago, the sorghum produced from Mahgoub's five feddans (about two hectares) has increased from 25 to 40 sacks. He said, 'this is a result I could never have dreamt possible.' He is also chairman of the Wad Elhilew Small Scale Farmers Association established under the programme and through the training provided by the project he commented that, 'I now understand my important role and responsibilities in making the association a success.'


Farmer 40 years old ZOA/Zenab Um Sinebra village, Central Gedaref locality, Gedaref State

Farmer
40 years old
ZOA/Zenab
Um Sinebra village, Central Gedaref locality, Gedaref State

Seif Eddin Mohamad Mustafa

Since Seif's grandfathers’ time, the land has been cultivated year after year using traditional methods which have caused a loss in soil fertility and falling productivity. Seif had been aware of the problem for a long time, but did not know how to address it. In 2014, he became a beneficiary of the programme and the situation has already improved. He has gained an average yield of four sacks of sorghum per feddan and can cultivate additional land for cash crops. On top of this, there is decreased need for his children to provide farm labour and they have been able to keep going to school.


Farmer 40 years old ZOA/Zenab Madag village, Eastern Galabat locality, Gedaref State

Farmer
40 years old
ZOA/Zenab
Madag village, Eastern Galabat locality, Gedaref State

Sharifa Ishag Adam

Since deciding to join the programme, life has transformed for Sharifa. She had suffered from back pain caused by traditional farming techniques that kept her in the field all day. She couldn’t take adequate care of her small children or maintain her home. Now she has more time to spend with her family, her health status has improved, and her yield has increased from one to six sacks per feddan. She has plans to build a grain store with the extra income she has earned from the project as she needs storage space for the surplus harvest she is producing.


Farmer 55 years old ZOA/Zenab Mahala village, Eastern Galabat locality, Gedaref State

Farmer
55 years old
ZOA/Zenab
Mahala village, Eastern Galabat locality, Gedaref State

Adam Ahmad Mohamad Hurun

In 2013 Adam had a complete failure in his crop production which resulted in him being imprisoned as he was unable to repay money he had borrowed. Despite his release, Adam remembers, 'I felt like my life had reached a point of no return.' This all changed in 2014 when Adam became a beneficiary of the programme. In the first year he produced 75 sacks from 5 feddans, the highest production ever seen in his neighbourhood. The harvest allowed Adam to pay back his debts, cover his family’s basic living expenses as well as save some money for the following season. For the first time in many years Adam knows that he will be able to take care of his family and their needs. Other beneficiaries in neighbouring villages who have achieved similar results are thinking about forming an association so they are able to continue to use the packages even after the programme ends.


Farmer 35 years old WHH Al Alim village, Wad Elhilew, Kassala State

Farmer
35 years old
WHH
Al Alim village, Wad Elhilew, Kassala State

Mohammed Ali Asharif

Owing to the new agriculture packages provided by the programme, Mohammed's most recent harvest has doubled from previous years. The increased production has improved his household food security as well as his financial situation. He has learned valuable knowledge and information by participating in the farmer field schools organised by the project. Mohammed commented, 'A lot of farmers have decided to join the project next year because they saw our success.'


Horticulturalist 36 years old SOS Sahel Bilaib village, Gunub & Awlieb, Red Sea State

Horticulturalist
36 years old
SOS Sahel
Bilaib village, Gunub & Awlieb, Red Sea State

Mohamed Musa Mohamed

Mohamed plants alfalfa to fatten his sheep, as well as growing cucumbers, tomatoes and egg-plant on about five feddans of community land. Since Mohamed joined the programme he has seen production and profit from his farm increase. His family are now picking 60-70 boxes (10-12kg per box) of tomatoes every other day during the season. As a result Mohamed has been able to buy a vehicle which means he can now take his tomatoes to market by himself. Mohamed said, 'This is very convenient as now I can choose exactly the right time before the crop is spoiled so I get the best price.' He also saves on the cost of transport which previously took away 25% of the profit. Mohamed also helps other farmers from nearby farms take their produce to market at the right time.

This year he is able to extend his area of farmland by an additional 1.5 feddan, which means that next year he will be able to produce even more. 


Fisherman 51 years old SOS Sahel Suakin Town, Red Sea State

Fisherman
51 years old
SOS Sahel
Suakin Town, Red Sea State

Hashim

A few years ago Hashim lost his right leg in a mine explosion while he was fishing close to the Sudanese border with Eritrea. As a result, it became even harder to meet his family’s needs while working as a fisherman. However, once he received a complete package of subsidised fishing gear from the project including fishing nets, lines, hooks, ropes, leads and an icebox, his life has changed for the better. Hashim's said, ' My income has increased and I am now able to meet my family expenses and I have even paid fees in advance for my youngest son to study at a private college.'

Biochar fertiliser trials in Nepal bear fruit

Read about the successes of field trials across Nepal’s three main agro-climatic zones using biochar as a fertiliser in the Nordic Development Fund’s latest newsletter. The positive results will now help the Government of Nepal explore upscaling opportunities that can build on the trials and apply the project’s recommendations. Please see the last page of the newsletter to find out more about the  biochar interventions implemented by Landell Mills. Download the newsletter here

Read more about Landell Mills work with the Nordic Development Fund here.

Landell Mills improves the conditions for widening rural energy access in Kenya and Uganda

Landell Mills has developed a series of Energy Compacts between DFID and national governments in Africa as part of the initiative to help Africa achieve universal energy access by 2030. So far, we have developed Energy Compacts for Kenya and Uganda through a consultative process involving key stakeholders from government, the solar industry, the financial sector, NGOs, civil society and the donor community.  

Picture: Flickr. Russell Watkins/Department for International Development. Elizabeth Mukwimba is a 62-year-old woman who now has solar lighting and electricity in her home at the flick of a switch, thanks to a scheme backed by UK aid. Elizabeth has had an M-Power solar panel and lights fitted in her home by Off Grid Electric, a private sector company dedicated to providing sustainable, affordable energy to people in developing countries who aren't connected to the electricity grid.

Picture: Flickr. Russell Watkins/Department for International Development.
Elizabeth Mukwimba is a 62-year-old woman who now has solar lighting and electricity in her home at the flick of a switch, thanks to a scheme backed by UK aid. Elizabeth has had an M-Power solar panel and lights fitted in her home by Off Grid Electric, a private sector company dedicated to providing sustainable, affordable energy to people in developing countries who aren't connected to the electricity grid.

There are currently more than 600 million people in Africa who do not have access to electricity, and cannot get the enormous benefits that modern energy services provide. The UK’s Energy Africa campaign, launched in 2015, seeks to accelerate the market for solar home systems by improving market conditions through coordinated donor support to governments and industry.

The Energy Compacts define the coordinated support in each specific context between DFID and national governments. This support will improve the enabling environment and accelerate the market for off-grid solar expansion, widening access to electricity for rural populations. If the current trajectory continues, it will take until 2080 for there to be universal electricity access on the continent.

While grid extension is an objective for many national governments, it will be costly and take decades to reach the most remote rural populations. In the meantime, off-grid electricity solutions - and particularly solar home systems - are becoming a more affordable, reliable and accessible solution. This is partly due to the fall in the price of solar photovoltaic panels, more efficient appliances such as LED lighting, and the increase in mobile payment systems such as ‘pay as you go’. 

As stated by DFID, the Energy Africa campaign will:

  • overcome financial hurdles and the series of market failures that are preventing firms from raising capital by testing new approaches and reaching the poorest
  • overcome the policy and regulatory barriers to household energy access, for example by drawing African countries into the compact to accelerate clean energy access
  • make the most of exciting developments in research and innovation
  • position this campaign within broader global efforts to ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all

Please click here for more information.

Success for the Animal Health Development Programme II in Afghanistan

Landell Mills is pleased to report on excellent results delivered by the Animal Health Development Programme II (AHDP II), funded by the EU Delegation to Afghanistan.

Building on the initial achievements of the Animal Health Development Programme (AHDP I), which Landell Mills also managed, AHDP II has worked to strengthen the Directorate of Animal Health (DAH), as well as the livestock sector generally. This has had a positive impact on those whose livelihoods depend on the livestock sector.

Staff doing routine lab testing of samples at Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. Photo: Willy Schauwers

Staff doing routine lab testing of samples at Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. Photo: Willy Schauwers

Under Landell Mills’ implementation, AHDP II has had some great successes in strengthening the capacity of the government to provide public veterinary services. Key achievements include:

  • Growth of the national veterinary laboratory network from one small central lab and one regional lab, into today’s network of laboratories, based in 21 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
  • Development of one fully functioning central veterinary laboratory, six regional and 15 provincial laboratories.
  • An increase in the volume of tests performed at the Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory from 486 samples and 840 tests in 2008, to 6,996 samples and 17,482 tests in 2015.
  • Expansion of the delivery of animal health service provision and monitoring from 14 to 34 provinces.

As a result of AHDP II’s support, the DAH now has stronger departments that provide the following:

  • Disease surveillance and control programmes
  • Epidemiologic analysis of disease incidence and prevalence
  • Diagnostic laboratory support
  • Licensing and regulation of private sector veterinary services
  • Production of Afghanistan’s own animal vaccines
  • Veterinary public health services to ensure safe products of animal origin
Lab testing training at Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. Photo: Willy Schauwers

Lab testing training at Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. Photo: Willy Schauwers

AHDP’s achievements, spanning almost ten years, have demonstrated that long term commitment, vision, and planning play a vital role in strengthening government functions, particularly when it comes to rebuilding a country and sector devastated by decades of war.

It is a testament to the project that local farmers were able to convince the Taliban to leave a new regional veterinary laboratory in tact when the city of Kunduz fell briefly under the Taliban’s control in September 2015. The farmers stressed its importance for their livelihoods and the laboratory remained untouched and resumed its activities. 

The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health has remarked that the Sanitary Mandate Control Scheme, a creative public-private partnership launched under the Animal Health and Development Project, is an enviable model for other countries to consider, and the initiative is recognised for its merit far beyond the borders of Afghanistan. 

Landell Mills is working in partnership with Atrevia to produce communication material for the EU Emergency Trust Fund

Landell Mills is pleased to be working on the communication material for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in conjunction with Spanish communications consultancy, Atrevia.

The European Commission has set up the Emergency Trust Fund to address the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa by promoting economic and equal opportunities, security and development.

The project aims to increase the awareness of the initiative and its ongoing achievements in Africa’s most fragile and affected countries through both online and offline activities. Planned activities include the development of two animated videos, the production of interactive presentations along with infographics, and the creation of a visual identity for the Trust Fund in order to increase visibility of the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and to share information with different audiences.

If you would like to find out more, or are interested in working with us on upcoming communication projects, please email COMLOT2@landell-mills.com.

Please click here to access the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa website. 

Landell Mills and Nordic Development Fund host workshop about biochar sector

Landell Mills recently co-hosted a biochar workshop, along with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The workshop featured the production and utilisation of biochar as a soil amendment for climate-friendly agricultural production, as well as focussing on the replication and scaling up of the technology.  

The event took place in Helsinki and facilitated lesson-sharing, with a view to increasing the impact of future biochar sector interventions. Landell Mills’ team drew on lessons learned from two NDF funded projects; Capacity Building for the Efficient Utilisation of Biomass for Bioenergy and Food Security in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2011-2015, and Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development - Consultants for Sustainable Rural Ecology for Green Growth 2014-2016 in Nepal.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to take part in a demonstration of biochar making. Among many other benefits, the material contributes to climate change mitigation by storing carbon in the soil for hundreds of years, and it improves soil fertility and therefore food security.

Simon Foxwell, Landell Mills Asia Division Director, commented, “The biggest challenge now is to find how to scale up the use of this appropriate technology after the successful field trials. The Nepali authorities have been impressed by the trials, and they are keen to train more farmers. Practical brochures and leaflets have now been produced for local farmers, but there is still a need for support from donors for more extensive field trails across Nepal. We also believe that the lessons learnt from Nepal will help with the replication of this kind of project in other countries.” 

Find out more here.

The project has also received good national coverage and recently featured on BBC-Nepal including interviews with two farmers, the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Agricultural Development. To listen to the feature, please click here.

 

 

 

Landell Mills contributes to first ever Annual EU International Cooperation and Development Results Report

The Landell Mills’-led Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) services for the EU’s projects and programmes in the Asia, Middle East and Pacific region (Lot 3) in partnership with Linpico SARL and Proman, has provided key data for the first ever Annual EU Results Report.

The ROM contract, worth over €9 million and in effect since January 2015, requires Landell Mills to gather and compile results from EU-funded activities across the Asia Pacific region. Co-ordinated by the team at the Brussels office, the results were aligned with the reporting system of the new EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework under a specific activity called ‘End of Project Results Reporting’ (EPRR).

This annual report is the first of its kind and aims to provide all stakeholders, including European citizens, with selected results achieved from EU funded development cooperation projects and programmes. The featured projects were completed between mid-2013 and mid-2014 in sectors ranging from agriculture and rural development through to human rights and education. The publication of this new report highlights the European Commission's efforts to strengthen accountability and transparency in the area of international cooperation and development.

Please download the full report on the link below:
https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/eu-international-cooperation-and-development-first-report-selected-results-july-2013-june-2014_en

Kenya and Tanzania plan transboundary conservation area as part of Landell-Mills-managed Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Biodiversity Programme

As part of the Landell-Mills-managed Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Biodiversity Programme supported by the EU, Kenya and Tanzania are planning to establish a Transboundary Conservation Area (TBCA).  The countries share biodiversity-rich coastal and marine ecosystems on which vital socioeconomic activities are based, such as tourism and fisheries.

Recently, the regional Biodiversity programme organised a workshop in Tanga, Tanzania, to address the issue of sustainable management of shared resources. A broad range of stakeholders, including representatives of protected areas and wildlife management institutions, fisheries departments, research institutes, NGOs, and local authorities attended the workshop in order to identify preparatory activities for taking the TBCA forward.

The initiative is a response to a decision by the 8th Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention (June 2015) which requested contracting parties and partners to support a cross-border management system of the transboundary marine protected area between Kenya and Tanzania. The aims of the proposed TBCA include strengthening the capacity for restoring ecosystem health, as well as piloting ecosystem-oriented approaches into spatial planning, water management, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and protected area management in Kenya and Tanzania.

The workshop highlighted some of the lessons learnt from other TBCAs such as the need for political commitment, mutually agreed objectives and transparency in the governance structure, along with regular communication and joint management.

The presentation also emphasised that the TBCA initiative should identify and focus on activities and issues that require transboundary collaboration, as well as continuing to support national efforts. The agreed preparatory activities include regional baseline surveys and assessments of existing information to identify knowledge gaps, along with awareness-raising and stakeholder engagement at community, local and national government and regional levels.

Raising awareness of EU development cooperation in Rwanda and Zambia

Landell Mills is managing two new projects in Rwanda and Zambia that aim to highlight the impact of EU cooperation in both countries.

The Rwandan communications assignment will run for 24 months. Activities will include a European film festival, an education fair and a series of debate panels. Communications will focus on areas central to EU-Rwanda development cooperation, including energy, transport, agriculture, governance and support to civil society.

The Zambia contract, being implemented by a Director of our consortium partner, CommsConsult, will run for 18 months. Planned activities include development of short films covering areas of thematic interest and seminars on topics such as climate policy, energy or agriculture.

Both contracts are part of an EU-funded global framework contract focused on communications that will work across the globe. If you would like to find out more, or are interested in working with us on upcoming communication projects, please email COMLOT2@landell-mills.com.

Landell Mills provides cost-benefit analysis of DFID Kenya’s Arid Lands Support Programme

Landell Mills has recently completed a cost-benefit analysis of DFID’s multi-year Arid Lands Support Programme in Kenya. The aims of the programme are to build household and community resilience to drought and shocks and support early response to drought by contributing to the Hunger Safety Net Programme. The programme targets the counties of Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera in northern Kenya.

Focusing on Community Resilience as a Public Good - one of four components of the £12 million project, Landell Mills delivered three outputs – monitoring and evaluation assessment and support, market analysis, and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) – working with seven international non-governmental organisations, including Oxfam and Save the Children.

Landell Mills developed a three-part cost-benefit analysis tool to inform decision making about development investments and programming, along with a report to present findings of the CBA of seven resilience interventions. The CBA findings reveal that the activities have modest to high benefit cost ratios. The report emphasises the need to consider these findings together with the full array of qualitative and quantitative evidence in order to inform the prioritisation of projects.

We also hosted lesson-learning activities including a two-day workshop in Nairobi as well as two webinars on the use of the cost-benefit analysis tool and its results. 

Please follow the links below for more information:

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA). Findings from DFID Kenya’s Arid Lands Support Programme
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.june1016.landellmills1

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part I: Introduction        
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part II: Step-by-step guide to data collection          
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills1

·        Community-based Cost Benefit Analysis (CBCBA) tool. Part III: Step-by-step guide to analysing and reporting
http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.may2016.landellmills2

 

AgriTT programme features at Africa Agriculture Science Week in Rwanda

Landell Mills’ Project Executive, Elle Harrison, recently attended a conference in Kigali to showcase the AgriTT programme whose focus for the event was ‘making Chinese technology work for African agriculture’.

AgriTT is one of the first trilateral cooperation programmes working in partnership to accelerate agricultural technology transfer between the UK, China and Africa. It is funded by DFID and implemented by Landell Mills.

Organised by the AgriTT programme management office, lead researchers from four out of the eleven AgriTT-funded Research Challenge Fund projects were invited to present and share lessons learnt from their experience of working with China. Throughout the triennial Africa Agriculture Science Week conference, AgriTT also ran an eye-catching exhibition stand alongside other organisations where participants could meet and share their knowledge.

The four presenters and their presentations were as follows:

  • Hongmei Li and Joelle Kajuga: Transfer of sustainable pest management technology from China to Rwanda.
  • Rhodes Makundi: Contraceptive baits to limit fertility and reproductive performance of rodents: Can hormonal control limit rodent populations?
  • Pradeep Malakar: Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda.
  • Emmanuel Kaunda: Enhancing tilapia production in Malawi.

The presentations and discussions generated significant interest around potential benefits and highlighted future recommendations such as understanding local conditions and the value of study trips to China.

To find out more visit the AgriTT website or follow AgriTT on Twitter.

New appointment at Landell Mills

We are delighted to welcome Poppy Dickinson to Landell Mills.

Poppy joins us as Marketing, Communications and Knowledge Management Assistant. Poppy has a BA Hons in English Literature and Spanish. Her prior experience includes working as a Copy Editor for a multi-channel retailer, and as a Fundraising Assistant for the African conservation charity, Tusk, which supports wildlife, community and education projects across Africa.

Poppy’s appointment reflects continued growth for Landell Mills in the area of communications.

Improving water management in Tajikistan – project award

The sustainable management of water is central to rural livelihoods, food security, electricity and domestic water supply, sanitation and the environment. These issues lie at the heart of a new technical assistance project designed to build capacity in integrated water resources management in Tajikistan. We will be working with Mott MacDonald as partner on the 42-month project, which is funded by the European Union and has a total value of over €4 million.

The project will concentrate its efforts geographically in the Zarafshan sub-basin, although interventions will also be made at a central level. We will provide support in a range of areas including:

  • Development of water sector policy
  • Setting up river basin organisational structures
  • Development of water management planning tools
  • Improvement of irrigation infrastructure
  • Strengthening water management community organisations
  • Management of watersheds to reduce flash flooding and erosion
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The project will coordinate across sub-sectors to make efficient use of this finite resource, and to improve forest, land and pasture management, which all impact on water availability.

Western Indian Ocean regional port authorities trained on survey scoping and planning

Invasive alien marine species threaten biodiversity, marine industries and human health, impacting significantly on costal and island economies. They can cost millions, sometimes billions, of dollars in repair and eradication efforts.

These unwelcome guests travel long distances, hidden in ballast water or stuck to ships’ hulls. In the South-Western Indian Ocean region, the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) is implementing a research project to determine the risks caused by the discharge of ballast water in Mauritius and propose measures to minimise the introduction of alien species through shipping activities.

The Landell-Mills-managed IOC Biodiversity Project and MOI recently organised a regional workshop on MIS survey scoping and planning.  Mr Adnan Awad, an internationally recognised expert in the field of marine invasive species, led the training. The workshop was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands and with the scientific collaboration and backup of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute.

Representatives of the port authorities and marine sciences institutions from the six biodiversity beneficiary countries (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania) met at the MOI, Albion, for two days of intensive training followed by a field visit to Port Louis harbour. The workshop aimed to equip stakeholders with the methodological tools needed to plan and undertake surveys.

The survey process includes carrying out baseline survey to establish species count and ongoing monitoring to assess increases in growth, damage levels and/or the introduction of any new species.

Although ports are the main gateways for invasive species, and the primary focus of the training, the methods also apply to other marine and coastal environments, such as marinas. The next step in the training programme will be the implementation of a pilot-survey in one of the participating countries, which is planned for the second half of the year.

An information brochure to raise awareness of the impact of marine invasive species is also being produced.

Find out more:

Workshop report http://commissionoceanindien.org/fileadmin/resources/Biodiversite/reports/MIS_survey_and_scoping_May.pdf

CBD & Aichi target 9: Implications for the WIO
http://commissionoceanindien.org/fileadmin/resources/images/biodiversite/publications/BIO-implication-wio2.pdf

Growth for Landell Mills

Our expertise

Our expertise

Over the past year we have continued to grow from strength to strength, providing technical assistance and management consultancy in the areas of trade and enterprise, agriculture, natural resource management and policy and governance. During the year, we have worked on projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. We have seen the development of three new operational divisions, reflecting growth in our francophone market, the award of a number of framework contracts and new communications projects.

Our 2015 accounts reflect this growth and show an increase in turnover of 25% to €19 million. We also have a healthy portfolio of business contracted for 2017 and beyond.

We are pleased to report this sound financial position, which reflects our reputation for high quality service provision, our strong relationships with clients and partners, and the hard work of our staff and consultants.

Enhancing capacity for trade in Haiti – lessons learnt seminar

Over the past nine months, Landell Mills has been working with the Haitian Bureau of Standards on a project set up to create an institutional framework for quality infrastructure in Haiti, in line with the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of auditors and consultants to support Haitian firms and laboratories.

Thomas Pataillot presents at seminar

Thomas Pataillot presents at seminar

To mark the end of the project, Landell Mills recently organised a seminar in Port aux Prince. The seminar aimed to share project findings and raise awareness of international standards and the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade agreement, as a means of empowering Haitian Institutions, small-holder farmers, traders and processing enterprises.

The seminar was attended by a range of stakeholders, including the Haitian Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MCI), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Haitian Association for Quality Management (AHMAQ), the National Laboratory of Public Works (LNBTP), as well as other laboratories and private businesses. Members of the media were also invited, to ensure wide coverage of the event.

Landell Mills Project Executive, Thomas Pataillot, presented activities implemented to date, and reminded the audience of the importance of compliance with the WTO TBT agreement, particularly in relation to the development of a quality infrastructure, which will enable businesses to export to the EU and other countries.

The Ambassador to the European Delegation in Haiti and the General Director of the MCI also spoke at the event and Landell Mills team leader, Georges Dupret, presented project findings and listed recommendations for the improvement of Haiti’s national framework and quality legislation.