GCRF:Strengthening Capacity in Environmental Physics, Hydrology & Statistics for Conservation Agriculture Research (GCRF)

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GCRF:Strengthening Capacity in Environmental Physics, Hydrology & Statistics for Conservation Agriculture Research (GCRF)

The aim of this proposal is to undertake learning-centred demonstration trials at established agricultural experiments in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi so as to build capacity for cross-disciplinary research in soil physics, shallow geophysics, hydrogeology and environmental statistics. This will enable partner countries to evaluate the impacts of conservation agriculture practices (and, subsequently, a broader range of agronomic interventions) on the resilience of food production and water security under climate change. Such improved research capacity will empower the African research organizations in our network to deliver understanding of how conservation agriculture, and other similar agronomic practices, can improve the sustainability of smallholder production in central Africa, particularly in the face of increasingly frequent El NiƱo seasons, and so improve the food security and economic status of rural households. At the same time, they will be able to evaluate impacts on these practices on the quality and quantity of groundwater resources. This proposal is therefore directly aligned with the UK AID strategic objective of Strengthening Resilience, and UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 (Poverty), 2 (Hunger), 3 (health and wellbeing) and 6 (clean water).

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