Volta Basin Development Challenge

Posted: 2011-04-14

The Challenge Programme for Water and Food (CPWF) research in the Volta basin has been developed to respond to challenges in the river basin of “improving rainwater and small reservoir management to contribute to poverty reduction, and improved livelihoods resilience in Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana while taking account of implications for downstream water users including ecosystem services”.

GWP West Africa is one of the consortium partners of the project, together with the Volta Basin Authority, the Institut de l’environnement et des recherches agricoles (INERA) and the International Water Management Institute.

In March GWP West Africa took part in the planning workshop of the “V5” project “Coordination and Change” of the Volta Basin Development Challenge Programme on March 30-31 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Read more.

The Volta basin, drained by the Volta and its tributaries, lies in West Africa and drains into the Gulf of Guinea. The basin includes most of northern Ghana, most of western and southern Burkina Faso and well as portions of Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali and Togo. Lake Volta in Ghana is the largest reservoir in the world, extending from the Akosombo Dam in southeastern Ghana to the town of Yapei, some 400 kilometres (250 mi) to the north. The lake generates electricity, provides inland transport, and is a potentially valuable resource for irrigation and fish farming.

Five separate projects (V1 to V5) have been commissioned to be implemented in an integrated manner to achieve the stated goal. V5 is one of the five research projects which have been designed to respond to the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) to orient, align and integrate the VDBC to contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihood resilience in the Volta basin. V5 in particular will improve coherence amongst the four other VBDC projects, and manage their interdependences and research protocols to smoothen the running of the programme and to ensure quality research outputs. Specifically, V5 will engage with policy makers and other stakeholders in the basin through strategic partnerships to create opportunities for end users’ feedback that will enrich the research process in all VDBC projects and, subsequently, the uptake of research outputs by end users.

GWP West Africa will bring support in the component “Fostering Change through Multi stakeholders Platforms” and in communications. GWP West Africa will play a major role in engaging with policy makers and other end users through its network of partners and allies and with its proven expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, allowing for a two-way exchange between researchers and practitioners, one of the main goals of V5. Other partners include IWMI, Volta Basin Authority, the Water Research Institute of Ghana and INERA (agricultural research program in Burkina Faso).

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