Landell Mills completes Final Evaluation of ASARA Project in partnership with Frankfurt School

Landell Mills, in partnership with Frankfurt School, has recently completed the final evaluation of the EU-funded ASARA project in Madagascar which improved food security and agriculture production in the southern regions of Madagascar.

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Landell Mills mobilised a team of four experts specialised in rural development, food security, agriculture and gender to undertake the final evaluation from November 2018 to April 2019. The team assessed the impact, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and relevance of the project while paying particular attention to cross-cutting issues such as gender, cultural considerations and climate change.

Photos by Tristan Dumas, Evaluation and Rural development expert

Photos by Tristan Dumas, Evaluation and Rural development expert

Field visits in the southern regions of Madagascar (Androy, Anosy and Atsimo-Atsinanana) were organised by Landell Mills where the team met a wide range of stakeholders, beneficiaries and local communities to collect critical qualitative and quantitative data to inform the evaluation. A workshop featuring a presentation on the team’s findings took place in Antananarivo with more than 40 of ASARA’s operators and stakeholders in attendance. They gave feedback on the experts’ analysis and recommendations to be considered for the implementation of the follow-on project, AFAFI South, which is supporting agriculture and inclusive value chains, and sustaining the positive impact of ASARA.

Find out more about the evaluation projects Landell Mills is currently implementing under the SIEA Lot 1 Framework for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience:

Landell Mills wins new projects under SIEA Lot 1 Framework for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience

Cycle of Conferences organised with Landell Mills’ support showcase innovative evaluation techniques for hard-to-reach areas

A series of seven lunchtime conferences took place from February to June 2019 at the External Cooperation Infopoint of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels. The cycle of conferences shared knowledge, case studies and innovative methodologies on how to conduct evaluations in fragile or conflict-afflicted states where traditional field missions are not possible due to security risks during in-country travel.

Conference 6: Technologies for monitoring in insecure environments / Project Drawings, an innovative remote evaluation technique, introduction by Andrea Alfieri, Head of Sector - "Results, Monitoring and Evaluation", DEVCO Unit 04

Conference 6: Technologies for monitoring in insecure environments / Project Drawings, an innovative remote evaluation technique, introduction by Andrea Alfieri, Head of Sector - "Results, Monitoring and Evaluation", DEVCO Unit 04

The conferences targeted EC services staff including DG DEVCO, DG NEAR, ECHO and FPI as well as EC development partners and professional evaluators. Each session had an average of 40 participants, 260 online streaming viewers, and 338 online views of the recordings, reaching a peak of more than 800 views.

Conference 2: Improving evaluation through geospatial data and analysis

Conference 2: Improving evaluation through geospatial data and analysis

The cycle of conferences can be viewed online and present innovative techniques such as the use of geo-spatial data, surveys administered by non-specialised local enumerators, phone/tablet voice or data surveys, location tracking and communication through online platforms. Guest speakers came from a variety of organisations including the European Evaluation Society (EES); International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS); Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), and Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP).

The Evaluation Support Service (ESS) organised the conferences with administrative and logistical support from Landell Mills. Landell Mills is currently implementing the ESS service contract, a 4-year project (2017-2020) with a total value of €3,813,320, to support the Evaluation Unit at DG DEVCO in ensuring substantive use of robust evaluation findings in decision-making processes, both at HQ and in EU Delegations.

The EU's development cooperation with countries in situations of conflict and fragility, where around half of the world's poor live[1], is one of the key priorities of both EU development and foreign policy over the last decades. The cycle of conferences highlights the EU’s commitment to adapting evaluation methods in fragile contexts and hard-to reach areas to ensure that evaluation can take place as part of EC Project Cycle Management.

[1] https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/devco-ess/wiki/cycle-conferences-evaluation-hard-reach-areas

Landell Mills-managed Central African biodiversity project participates in European Development Days 2019

Landell Mills showcased the achievements of the EU-funded programme ECOFAC6 - Preserving the Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems of Central Africa at Europe’s leading annual forum on development, the European Development Days (EDD), in Brussels on 18-19th June. Landell Mills is currently implementing the four-year regional contract Technical Assistance for the monitoring, knowledge sharing and visibility of the regional programme ECOFAC 6.

Mr Baudoin Michel (African Parks Network), Mr Honoré Tabuna (Coordinator of the ECOFAC6 programme for the ECCAS) and Mme Maria Gonzalez Mata (DG DEVCO).

Mr Baudoin Michel (African Parks Network), Mr Honoré Tabuna (Coordinator of the ECOFAC6 programme for the ECCAS) and Mme Maria Gonzalez Mata (DG DEVCO).

The contract’s communication expert and a representative from the ECCAS (Economic Community of the Central African States) attended the EDD event, as well as DG DEVCO’s representatives. They took part in a press conference organised by Landell Mills in close cooperation with the Embassies of Central African countries in Brussels. Various representatives from the countries involved in the programme, along with one of the implementing partners, African Parks Network, also attended the press conference, which was live streamed on ECOFAC6’s Facebook page.

The programme had a stand in the Global Village, a platform which provides a focal point for the event and showcases successful projects and ground-breaking reports from around the world. ECOFAC6’s stand featured promotional materials as well as interactive activities such as a quiz, a photo booth, a full presentation of the programme and short films and photos produced by partners implementing national components of the programme.

Photos from the photo booth at the ECOFAC6 stand in the Global Village

Photos from the photo booth at the ECOFAC6 stand in the Global Village

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EDD 2019’s overarching title was ‘Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind’. This year, more than 8000 people visited the EDD 2019, which provided a great opportunity for networking and exchange opportunities as well as increasing the visibility of the programme.

ECOFAC 6 supports 18 protected areas across seven different states of the central African region, including eight priority conservation landscapes. Find out more about ECOFAC6 here:

Landell Mills’ team of experts attend international anti-poaching conference in Chad

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Landell Mills wins new EU communication and visibility projects through COM LOT 2 framework

Landell Mills is pleased to be implementing new communication and visibility projects for the EU, awarded through the COM LOT 2 framework.

The implementation of Video production, animation design and brand support for DEVCO online communication started in March 2019 and will last until March 2020. It provides DEVCO’s communication Unit with professional video filming and editing, animation design and branding expertise, to feed the online communication channels with the latest  news and achievements from the field.  The first video produced under the contract showcases DEVCO-funded projects in Guatemala, Cambodia and Ghana and you can watch it below. This project is being implemented with the support of Global Concept and managed by our in-house Marketing Division.

The recent award of a three-year contract for supporting the Visibility for Addressing Environmental and Climate Change Challenges through Improved Forest Management In Jamaica will be a unique opportunity for Landell Mills to strengthen awareness of the EU’s actions for environmental protection and forest conservation in Jamaica, and to implement another exciting and ambitious communication project.  The project will run until 2020 and will be conducted with the support of our communication Expert in Jamaica, in coordination with the Forestry Department.

Landell Mills wins new projects under SIEA Lot 1 Framework for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience

Landell Mills’ Framework team is pleased to announce the awards and implementation of new projects through the SIEA Lot 1 Framework for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience.

We are currently undertaking the Evaluation of Project Proposals submitted under the SWITCH-Asia and Central Asia II – Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production Programme for DG DEVCO. The evaluation is being implemented in partnership with our consortium partners Danish Energy Management, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and Linpico; and will support the European Commission in the identification of the project proposals that contribute best to achieving the objectives of the grant component of the SWITCH-Asia II Programme.

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In addition, since April and in partnership with Linpico, we have been conducting a Final Evaluation of the project Support to The Regional Action Plan Against Fruit Flies in West Africa. The project is implemented by the EUD in cooperation with ECOWAS and Agence Francaise de Développement among other regional stakeholders to manage the scourge of fruit flies at the regional, national and local levels, and work with mango producers and exporters in 11 countries of West Africa. The evaluation is analysing the project’s performance and impact in its eleven implementation countries and will run until July 2019 with the support of our experts specialised in entomology, food security and agriculture.

Landell Mills conducts study on the achievements of the European Union in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Brochure: EU Achievements in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Brochure: EU Achievements in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

On behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Landell Mills has conducted an extensive study of the main results achieved by EU-funded interventions in the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture domain. The main findings are summarised here.

During 2014-2020, the EU has committed more than €8.8 billion to food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture, corresponding to 20% of the EU development portfolio. The study finds that EU development assistance has helped around 26 million food-insecure people through social transfers or livelihood support, making more communities more resilient to food crises. Most of the support, 60 % of the total, is being directed to Africa, followed by Asia (13 %).

Landell Mills has also produced a short film which showcases the main achievements. Watch the film to find out more.

The film was shown at the high-level event Food and Agriculture in Times of Crisis, which took place in Brussels in April and highlighted the short and long-term risks associated with food crises, in order to promote a call for action at regional and national levels. The event brought together approximately 400 participants, which included representatives of the European Commission, the United Nations and national governments, members of the Global Network against Food Crises, research agencies and NGOs.

Photo credit: European Commission

Photo credit: European Commission

Photo credit: European Commission

Photo credit: European Commission

Key speakers at the event included Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC; Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management; Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

The services were provided under the EU-funded service contract Integrated Support Service for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (ISS-FANSSA), as implemented by Landell Mills, which started in January 2014 and will run until December 2019. Find out more about ISS-FANSSA here:

Two Year Extension of Integrated Support Service for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture contract

Landell Mills supports the preparation of the third EU implementation report on food and nutrition security

Over 15,000 people attend Europe Day celebrations in Tbilisi organised by Landell Mills and the EU Delegation to Georgia

Landell Mills supported the EU Delegation to Georgia with the organisation of the Europe Day celebrations held in Rike Park in Tibilisi on 5th May.

Over 15,000 people came together to participate in games, including a streetball competition, and informative activities about the European Union such as interactive installations, as well as enjoying food, music and dances from all over Europe on a daytime stage. Twenty Member States of the European Union presented their countries and showcased their cultures to visitors.

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The event was officially opened by Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi and the Ambassador of the European Union, Carl Hartzell.

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Europe Day is an opportunity for us to highlight the close relations between the EU and Georgia, which have never been stronger than they are today. We look forward to continuing and further developing our cooperation in the years to come.
— Ambassador Hartzell

The theme for the day was ‘Stronger Together’, marking 10 years of the Eastern Partnership and five years since the EU-Georgia Association Agreement was signed.

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The celebrations form part of the EU4Georgia Phase 2 project which is funded by the EU and implemented by Landell Mills. Through a series of events, content creation, media collaboration, digital marketing and the production of communication products such as films and infographics, the project will increase awareness, understanding, and support for the EU and its activities in Georgia.

The project started in April 2019 and the total contract value is €1,470,209.

Landell Mills organises second Zarafshon Basin Dialogue under the EU-funded Zarafshon Integrated Basin Project

The second Zarafshon Basin Dialogue took place in April 2019 at the Dilkusho teahouse in Panjakent Town in Tajikistan. Landell Mills organised the Dialogue under the Zarafshon Integrated Basin Project in collaboration with the Technical Assistance team and the Zarafshon Basin Working Group (ZBWG), a group of professionals from the basin who are receiving training to prepare them for their future task as a River Basin Agency. 

The Zarafshon Newspaper features an article about the Zarafshon Basin Dialogue

The Zarafshon Newspaper features an article about the Zarafshon Basin Dialogue

The Dialogue informed stakeholders about how to put the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approach into practice and gave them a platform to share their opinions about the challenges and priorities for the second phase of the project. It also promoted the EU’s Rural Development Programme. The Dialogue was reported in the national media, including a 15-minute feature on regional TV and a regional newspaper.

90 stakeholders attended, including several government and civic dignitaries including the Head of the Water Resources Department, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, and the Deputy Head of the Agency of Land Reclamation and Improvement (ALRI). Representatives from several organisations were also present, including local municipal governments, NGO projects and community organisations including Water Users Associations and pasture management unions, among others.

Members of Landell Mills Technical Assistance Team: Dr Claude de Patoul (Team Leader) and Anvar Kamolidinov (Deputy Team Leader and Institutional Development Expert)

Members of Landell Mills Technical Assistance Team: Dr Claude de Patoul (Team Leader) and Anvar Kamolidinov (Deputy Team Leader and Institutional Development Expert)

Roundtable discussion with Mr Afroz of the Zarafshon Working Group and Joachim Boenisch of Welt Hunger Hilfe

Roundtable discussion with Mr Afroz of the Zarafshon Working Group and Joachim Boenisch of Welt Hunger Hilfe

Presentations were given on various topics including the National Water Strategy in Tajikistan, water allocation and natural resource management. Other IWRM programmes working in river basins in Tajikistan also gave presentations on the progress they have made in their basins. A lively discussion followed during the working session about major water related issues in the basin.

Landell Mills has been providing Technical Assistance to the Government of Tajikistan since 2016 to build institutional capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and contribute to the sustainable management and protection of water and land resources in Tajikistan. The project is funded by the European Union.

Find out more about the project here:

The first Zarafshon River Basin Dialogue in Tajikistan is a great success

Zarafshon Integrated Sub Basin Project Working Group holds inauguration meeting

Zarafshon Integrated Sub-basin Project attends regional pre-consultations of the Citizens Forum of the 8th World Water Forum

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

The Zarahshon Integrated Sub-basin Project visits Switzerland and Spain

Landell Mills to present at the 10th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge in Spain

Landell Mills has been invited to attend and present at the 10th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge in Madrid which is held from 20th to 24th May 2019. The conference aims to disseminate knowledge about the technique of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), providing a forum for discussion, networking, and facilitating appropriate investment in MAR in Spain, Europe and globally.

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Members of Ministry of Energy and Water and the Technical Assistance consultancy team are co-authors of our presentation: Managed Aquifer Recharge and Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The presentation will give an overview of the need for MAR in Kabul and how the project, Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project Preparation (KMARP), which is funded by the Asian Development Bank and managed by Landell Mills, is addressing this need through the implementation of MAR and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) technology at pilot sites.

We believe that this conference offers a fantastic opportunity for key members of the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water to learn more about MAR and ASR. Two Government officials will be attending, the Director of Hydrogeology Mr Shokory, and the Deputy Minister for Water, Mr Takal, along with the Team Leader of the project, Stephen Kissane.

Find out more about KMARP:

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Landell Mills constructs Managed Aquifer Recharge borehole to alleviate severe depletion of groundwater levels in Kabul

Landell Mills and Schlumberger train project and government staff in groundwater management in Afghanistan

Drilling begins for the new monitoring network to analyse groundwater levels in Kabul

Landell Mills shares knowledge of international urban water management at national meeting of Irrigation and Water Forum and British Hydrological Society

World Water Day Conference casts a spotlight on the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project

 

 

 

Landell Mills wins Government of Afghanistan award for excellent performance in developing and managing the water sector in Afghanistan

Landell Mills is delighted to have been presented an award for excellent performance in developing and managing the water sector in Afghanistan at the Fifth National Water Conference on Water Resources Development and Management in Kabul on 3rd April. The award was presented with 300 participants in attendance from different government and non-governmental organisations including donors.

Stephen Kissane, Team Leader of the Kabul Managed Aquifer Project collects the award from Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Energy and Water Mr. Mohammad Daud Qazizada

Stephen Kissane, Team Leader of the Kabul Managed Aquifer Project collects the award from Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Energy and Water Mr. Mohammad Daud Qazizada

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The Conference presented recent achievements in the management of surface and sub-surface water resources, and provided a platform for discussion, bringing together major stakeholders, scientists, engineers, civil society, Islamic scholars and social scientists involved with water and its sustainable development and management.

Landell Mills has been operating in Afghanistan on a continuous basis since 2003 and has a local registered office which provides administrative, logistical, security and legal support to our staff and projects. We have implemented approximately 30 contracts in Afghanistan to date, working with clients including the EU, GIZ and the Asian Development Bank. The water sector projects we have implemented include:

  • river basin management and planning (at central level with the Ministry of Energy and Water and with the Panj-Amu River Basin Agency);

  • irrigation and drainage development, plus flood management;

  • water investment planning (for large-scale hydropower projects in the Kabul, Panj-Amu, Northern and Western basins, as well irrigation and flood management projects in the Northern and Panj-Amu basins); and,

  • groundwater management and monitoring in Kabul with the Hydrogeology Department.

I am very honoured to have been working with Landell Mills in the water sector for many years, and very proud of our projects in this country.
— Ghulam Rasoul Durrani, Vice President of Landell Mills’ subsidiary Landell Mills Afghanistan. Ghulam started working with Landell Mills in 2004 and has held various positions under different projects/programmes. His work includes supporting the Ministry of Energy and Water in translation of legislation and procedure documentation.
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It has been an honour to have worked with the Government of Afghanistan over the last 15 years in helping to develop the water sector We hope that our work with various Ministries will continue for years to come. While Afghanistan is not without its challenges, the opportunities are vast, and improvements in the availability of water in an equitable and economic manner can help unlock potential in the agriculture sector, for hydropower and for industry, while at the same time ensuring that potable water is available for the Afghan people
— Simon Foxwell, Landell Mills’ Regional Director, Asia / Pacific Division

Landell Mills to implement new EU-funded contract in Somalia

Landell Mills is pleased to announce our implementation of the EU-funded ‘Final Evaluation of Decision FED/2012/023-898 – Reducing Hunger and Food Insecurity in Puntland Region through Improved and Sustainable Use of Rangeland Resources – MDG Initiative for Somalia’.

This assignment is delivered through the EU-funded Services for the Implementation of Aid (SIEA) Lot 1 framework contract, relating to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience. The project will be implemented in collaboration with Linpico.

Our expert team will provide an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the Action, focusing on results (as measured against expected objectives), and reasons behind the findings. The team will provide key lessons and recommendations to improve current and future Actions in the field.

In developing these lessons learned and recommendations, and establishing the level of sustainability, this evaluation will serve to maximise the impact of natural resource and rangeland management in Somalia and identify potential for harmonisation and systemisation for future programming.

Landell Mills wins EU communication and visibility contract on EU-ASEAN cooperation

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Landell Mills has been contracted by the European Union (EU) to manage a four-year project to promote the visibility of EU regional programmes in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Indonesia. The project will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia, but project activities will reach out to all ten ASEAN Member States: Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines.

The contract will enhance the image and awareness of the EU as a cooperation partner in ASEAN and increase the knowledge of EU programmes and policies, as well as their results and impact. The contract has five expected results:

      i.            Long-term and strategic communication and visibility approach to development cooperation is developed and implemented.

    ii.            High quality communication and visibility events are organised.

   iii.            High quality communication and visibility products are produced and launched.

   iv.            Increased media engagement is established, with improved coverage across all types of media.

     v.            The awareness of how EU development aid and cooperation benefits ASEAN is increased.

The project will be implemented by a team of three communications experts based in Jakarta and supported by Landell Mills’ partner on the contract, Brains Communications, a creative agency based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The contract began implementation in February 2019 and activities so far have focussed on the development and publication of the EU Delegation’s signature publications, the 2019 Blue Books. Two versions of the Blue Book are produced; one focussing on EU cooperation across all ASEAN Member States, and one focussing specifically on EU cooperation with Indonesia. Both books will be officially launched at events held in Jakarta over the coming months, which Landell Mills will also manage.

Landell Mills produces films to show how smallholder farmers and artisanal fishermen have benefitted from the Sudan Food Security Programme

Landell Mills has produced a series of 20 short films documenting positive changes in the lives of individual farmers and fishermen who received support from the EU-funded Rural Smallholders Component of the Sudan Food Security Programme (SFSP-RSC).

The Programme, which has received management and coordination assistance from Landell Mills, focusses on rain-fed agricultural production using improved technologies of rain water harvesting and conservation agriculture in Blue Nile, Gedaref and Kassala States; in Red Sea State, the programme is improving vegetable and fisheries production.

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Copyright European union 2019

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Each film features the personal story of a farmer or fisherman and highlights their achievements, as well as the obstacles and challenges that they face in their work. The films showcase a variety of different experiences, including those who take an active interest in learning new farming practices, enjoyment of increased yields, as well as benefits to family life as a result of increased household income. They also reveal how beneficiaries have benefitted from improved housing conditions and renovations, better access to services, and an enhanced connection with the land.

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Over the past five years, it is estimated that about 6,600 sorghum farmers have been directly exposed to and benefited from new improved practices and techniques introduced under the programme. In Red Sea State, 1,100 horticulture farmers have received training, farming inputs, such as seeds and fertiliser, and irrigation units, including 15 solar energy pumps. Meanwhile, 3,160 fishermen have been supported with equipment, training on how to make and use fish aggregating devices to attract fish, GPS, fish finders and deep-water fishing techniques. 233 Producers Associations across four States were established and registered; these cluster the resources of small-scale farmers and fisheries into groups to achieve the necessary economics of scale to engage with suppliers, sell their products in larger quantities and gain access to better marketing and credit opportunities.

The films were made from August 2018 to February 2019 and produced with funding from the EU. The programme has been running since April 2013 with a total budget of €24,850,000 and will end in November this year.


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Mahgoub is a sorghum farmer in Kassala who shares how his farming has improved and how farmers associations have helped farmers in accessing improved inputs.

I applied what I had learnt in my training and at the farmer field school and I had a good harvest from my land. The harvest exceeded my expectations.
— Mahgoub

Bagrab, Red Sea

Bagrab is a vegetable grower in Red Sea who talks about how the support he received has helped him to grow his business.

Since we started the project our ambitions have grown and we have increased the area of land we are farming to meet the high demand for vegetables in Port Sudan
— Bagrab

Farmer Field School, Kassala

Farmer Field Schools are empowering women in east Sudan to take on new roles traditionally carried out by men. This has been made possible with the establishment of EU-funded Farmer Field Schools that teach female farmers about the agricultural process.

Spraying was a man’s job. Women would only keep an eye on the field. We were limited in the past, but we benefitted a lot through learning about farming practices

Landell Mills constructs Managed Aquifer Recharge borehole to alleviate severe depletion of groundwater levels in Kabul

The first Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) infrastructure has now been successfully constructed in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project (KMARP), administered by Asian Development Bank, funded by USAID, and implemented by Landell Mills. Managed Aquifer Recharge is the intentional recharge of water to aquifers under controlled conditions.

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Throughout March the Landell Mills team oversaw the construction of a gravity fed MAR injection borehole. This takes water from a surface source and injects it into the ground to increase the water volume and level in the underlying aquifer (underground layers of water-bearing permeable rock).

The site is located at Badam Bagh, an area suffering severe depletion of groundwater levels affecting the availability of drinking water. Kabul is reliant on groundwater, but it is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world and its residents suffer from a lack of accessible drinking water. Water will be sourced via the Qarga Reservoir and it will flow through a canal and siphon system to supply water to the MAR injection borehole.

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EU-MAIL Transition Project produces film about an EU-funded tool that analyses food insecurity and malnutrition in Afghanistan

The Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Phase Classification (IPC) was introduced in Afghanistan in August 2011 and has been supported by the EU through the EU-MAIL Transition Project, which is managed by Landell Mills, since 2014. The IPC unit functions under the agricultural statistics directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).

IPC is an innovative multi-partner initiative that improves food security and nutrition analysis and decision-making. It is a common global system for classifying the severity of food insecurity and malnutrition. It also supports strategic and coordinated responses to the crises according to internationally-recognised scientific standards.

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IPC Acute food insecurity 2018

IPC is an important tool for MAIL and the government to identify how many people are food insecure in each province and provide timely interventions to people in need. Since 2012, the country has been conducting IPC Acute Food Insecurity analyses in all 34 provinces on a yearly basis. The latest IPC analysis estimates that 43.6% of the rural population in Afghanistan are suffering from food insecurity.

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IPC Acute food insecurity 2019

The IPC in Afghanistan brings together technical and institutional stakeholders, including government, UN agencies and NGOs, who share knowledge and work together to ensure that the IPC system is tailored to the needs of Afghanistan. This is achieved through workshops, technical working groups meetings, steering committee meetings, provision of Technical Assistance and a gap analysis of the IPC system.

You can find out more by watching the short film about the IPC in Afghanistan produced by the EU-MAIL Transition Project.

Study tour in Thailand teaches best practices for sustainable management of water resources

Landell Mills, in partnership with the Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, organised a five-day study tour to Thailand as part of the Technical Assistance project Strengthening Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Mountainous River Basins. The contract is administered by ADB, funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction and managed by Landell Mills.

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The tour improved the participants’ knowledge and capacity in sustainable management of water resources in River Basins through visits to various government water-related departments such as the Department of Water Resources, Office of National Water Resources, and Royal Irrigation Department, as well as technical visits to the Kra Siao Operation and Maintenance Project and a floodgate project to learn about controlling the flow of water during both drought and flooding periods.

The participants included Landell Mills’ staff, along with 20 key stakeholders from the project’s three target countries; Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal. They included members of the Panj Amu River Basin Agency (PARBA) and the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) in Afghanistan, Environment Officers of the Wangchhu Basin Committee (WBC) and Chair Persons of the District Councils in the basin in Bhutan, and members from the High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization (HPCIDBC), the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), and the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MEWRI) in Nepal. 

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The participants learnt about functioning river basins and the governance and institutional setup of River Basin Organisations. The study particularly focused on understanding the linkages between river basin management and local government, and the key government strategies and mechanisms used in Thailand. They can now apply this knowledge to help implement IWRM in the project’s target river basins; the Panj Amu in Afghanistan, Wangchhu in Bhutan and the Bagmati River Basin in Nepal.

Particularly useful lessons from the study tour included institutional arrangements and stakeholder coordination mechanisms, showing the roles and interactions between various organisations involved with water management in Thailand. There was also a focus on technology in river basin management, and discussions around the formation of water user groups and decision support systems in terms of data sharing and management.

The project ‘Strengthening Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Mountainous River Basins’  is providing technical assistance to strengthen water resources management. It will help each of the three target countries to cope with expected changes in water availability due to climate change and increases in water demand to support economic and population growth.

Find out more about the project:

Study Tour to Japan enhances knowledge in effective river basin management for Bhutan and Nepal

Mid-project workshop in Kathmandu discusses way forward for Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project  

Achievements of the EU-MAIL Transition Project showcased in short film

Landell Mills and the EU have produced a short film about the impact of the EU-MAIL Transition Project (EU Support to Capacitate MAIL in Transition for Sustainable Public Services Delivery) which is managed by Landell Mills.

The film showcases the EU-funded project’s key achievements and features interviews with directors from MAIL’s directorates, as well as people who have benefitted from the programme, such as farmers and ranchmen.

The project is the EU’s initiative for supporting, improving, modernising and standardising the agriculture and livestock sectors in Afghanistan. It started in 2014 in order to support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to embed the results achieved by previous EU-funded projects in the agricultural sector.

The project will be completed in December 2019 and has strengthened the institutional environment of MAIL, so it is ready to tackle the future challenges of private sector development in agriculture.

Watch the film:

Landell Mills wins Asian Development Bank contract to strengthen Integrated Flood Risk Management across eight Asian countries

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has contracted Landell Mills to implement a Knowledge Support Technical Assistance project to strengthen Integrated Flood Risk Management (IFRM) across Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam. IFRM is a basin or catchment perspective to flood risk management which incorporates social, economic, financial, environmental, and institutional aspects, as well as engineering, disaster preparedness, insurance, and emergency response requirements.

The technical assistance will strengthen the design and implementation of IFRM solutions, enhancing knowledge and the application of IFRM strategies across the eight countries. The project will provide targeted technical support for program and project preparation and promote more holistic IFRM solutions, including basin-scale and nature-based solutions which are inspired and supported by nature.

The project will focus on the following results:

  1. enhancing ADB and target governments’ knowledge to implement IFRM projects

  2. evaluating target country flood risk management and investment strategies

  3. integrating IFRM concepts into future ADB investments

Landell Mills has partnered with Jeremy Benn Associates for this contract, a UK based environment, water and flood risk management consultancy. The project will run for 24 months and started on 4th February 2019.

 

EU-MAIL Transition Project creates Advisory Unit under one-year contract extension

The EU-MAIL Transition Project, which is managed by Landell Mills, has created an Advisory Unit (AU) to transfer the knowledge and results of the institutional work established under the Project into the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan. The €14 million Project has been extended for another year in order to support the new Advisory Unit until the end of 2019.

The AU will focus on the provision of tailored national and international technical assistance and will be responsible for facilitating the transfer of functions from the Project to MAIL, which until now has been carried out by the Project’s technical and financial support. The functions that MAIL will be taking over include institutional structures and mechanisms. 

As a result of the past two years of implementation, the Project established and consolidated a series of mechanisms and good practices in the following areas which the AU will work to consolidate:

  • Technical and institutional capacity building

  • Coordination with other projects and donors

  • Institutional service delivery

  • Sustainability

  • Policy development and revisions

  • Reform

  • Public private sectors linkage

  • Resources allocation

  • Food and feed safety

  • Horticulture research

  • Certification of seeds and planting material

  • Planning and programs

The General Director of Policy and Planning officially launched the AU on the 2nd December at the most recent EU-MAIL Transition Project Steering Committee, which is held every six months. The AU will report to the General Directorate of Policy and Planning, which recently agreed the implementation plan based on the following key deliverables:

  • Development and endorsement of Tashkeel (Afghan civil service) guidelines

  • Integration of the ‘Research to Extension’ reform

  • Gap analysis of the MAIL legal department

  • Gap analysis and a future strategy of the Perennial Horticulture Development Centers

  • Development of an Institutionalisation Plan for the Horticulture Cluster Steering Committee

  • Development of an Institutionalisation Plan for the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Secretariat   

The EU-funded project has been running since 2014 and will now be finalised at the end of the year when the AU will be fully institutionalised into the government structure of the MAIL.

Find out more about the EU-MAIL Transition Project here:

Achievements of EU-MAIL Transition project presented at steering committee meeting in Afghanistan

Landell Mills managed project supports evidence-based policy on food security in Afghanistan

Training programme gives staff skills for accurate data analysis to address food shortages in Afghanistan

Landell Mills managed project showcases grapes in Afghanistan to boost trade and find potential international markets

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

Conservation Agriculture Conference organised by Landell Mills recognises the achievements of the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural Smallholders Component

Landell Mills organised a three-day Conservation Agriculture Conference in Khartoum to share lessons learnt from the EU-funded Sudan Food Security Programme–Rural Smallholders Component (SFSP–RSC), and map out the next steps to take conservation agriculture forward in Sudan.

The event attracted over 90 participants, many of whom were directly involved in the Programme including NGOs, smallholder farmers, state and federal government staff, private companies, financial institutions and insurance companies. The presence of a wide variety of organisations reflected the successful partnerships established under the programme, which contributed to achieving its objectives.

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The first day of the conference focussed on sharing the achievements of the programme and opened with a speech from His Excellency Ambassador Jean Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan. The following two days were made up of technical workshops and focussed on four themes: research and technology development; extension, technology transfer and farmers’ associations; private sector engagement; and the role of financial institutions. For each theme, the participants agreed on a set of key recommendations in order to continue the practice and development of conservation agriculture among smallholder farmers in Sudan. Landell Mills will produce conference proceedings that will share the recommendations.

Landell Mills’ Chief Technical Advisor, Abdul Hamid Rhametalla giving a presentation

Landell Mills’ Chief Technical Advisor, Abdul Hamid Rhametalla giving a presentation

A number of presentations were given by participants, including Landell Mills’ Chief Technical Advisor, Abdul Hamid Rhametalla, as well as the four lead NGO implementing partners, World Vision, SOS Sahel, ZOA and Welthungerhilfe. Other presenters included Professor Lotfie Abdel Rahman from Agricultural Research Corporation; Abdalla Abdalla, Director of Technology Transfer and Extension Department, Blue Nile; Professor Mamoon Daw Elbait from CTC Group, and Ahmed Yousif from the Agricultural Bank of Sudan.

SFSP–RSC has improved food security and livelihoods for rural smallholders in Kassala, Gedaref and Blue Nile states by focussing on rain-fed agricultural production using improved technologies of rain water harvesting and conservation agriculture. In Red Sea State, the programme supported the development of the horticulture and fisheries sectors. The programme, which has a total budget of €24,850,000, has been supported by Landell Mills through a technical assistance contract since April 2013 and will come to an end in November 2019.

Find out more about SFSP–RSC:

https://www.landell-mills.com/news/2018/8/13/landell-mills-delivers-training-of-trainers-workshop-to-continue-the-positive-impact-of-producer-associations-in-sudan

https://www.landell-mills.com/news/2018/5/18/landell-mills-trains-ngos-on-eu-financial-management-procedures-under-the-sudan-food-security-programme-rural-smallholders-component

https://www.landell-mills.com/news/2018/4/11/sowing-the-seeds-for-better-livelihoods?rq=Sudan