Agricultural Programme and Project Design

In recent years, dramatic changes have occurred in peasant societies that have left many traditional resource-based economies unable to cope. These dramatic shifts tend to be the results of relatively few events or activities viz: conflict, land redistribution, rapid liberalisation/centralisation of economies and natural disasters/extreme events. 

Societies affected by such changes can benefit from carefully planned, participatory forms of assistance. It is in such vulnerable situations that AA International Ltd specialists, working with the affected communities in the design and implementation of new systems of natural resource management, can assist.

We have decades of field experience in the design and implementation of international natural resource based projects and programmes, funded by the EU, USAID, DFID, the World Bank and others. 
Examples are:-

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Watershed Management
AA International Ltd staff have developed general tools and approaches that combine community participation with technical accuracy in a Watershed Management Handbook. Events relate to the Watershed Management Cycle, shown below.

The rationale for a watershed based approach to development accepts that the watershed is a physical unit identifiable by fixed boundaries and that watersheds are linked through a series of levels that provide biophysical networks of inter-dependencies across the country/countries from mountains to the sea. The watershed unit, therefore, provides a framework for integrated development.  Environmental impact can be measured within such units in a meaningful manner.  At the same time, the fundamental importance of environmental degradation reversal is more easily identified when it is seen to be protecting a common good, water.  Subsidising the process is, therefore, more readily justified from national and international budgets, when district and village levels -1o and 1o are linked to national and international levels through stream orders 2o, 3o, 4o and finally 5o, the continental level leading to the oceans.

Unfortunately, catchments invariably cut across administrative boundaries, which tend to follow drainage lines.  They, therefore, require the creation of new institutions to provide the necessary management and levels of participation that extend far beyond levels currently experienced.
The figure below describes a new watershed management cycle.

Diagramatic watershed cycel


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