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February 25, 2013

A one-day brainstorming meeting on Water and Livelihoods in Yemen was held in Sanaa, Yemen on 25 February 2013. The meeting brought together representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank, USAID-funded Community Livelihoods Program (CLP), USAID-funded Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI),Yemeni Agricultural Research and Extension Agencies and specialists from the Yemeni agricultural research and policy community. The USAID agenda for support to the agricultural sector, including ongoing work to support the enhancement of value chains for coffee, honey, horticulture and livestock production, was discussed in light of shared concerns for the sustainability of water resources, long term economic development and social stability in the country. A range of promising interventions were identified and experiences in the use of the approaches discussed at the meeting. Priority considerations to enable further progress in improving Yemeni livelihoods through enhanced water management in agricultural development strategies were also identified including achieving environmentally sustainable improvements in agriculture, improved use of economic incentives in agricultural water management, enhancement of agricultural production and sustainable value chains, and enhanced coordination amongst stakeholders. click here