Water Productivity Improvement in Practice

Work Package 5: Knowledge Hubs

Work Package 5 (WP5) aims at setting up knowledge hubs in target countries to uptake training activities and support on WP, develop a MOOC on water productivity, and to integrate water productivity related topics in research projects and curriculums run by academia in target countries. WP5 has cross-cutting objectives supporting other work packages, specifically by developing open access training materials facilitating usage of WaPOR datasets by different stake holders – Irrigation/land managers (WP1), developers in the agri-business sector (WP2), policy makers/practitioners (WP3) and donors/partners (WP4). In addition, WP5 aims to increase the reach of the water productivity based assessments by developing knowledge hubs, specialized curriculums, a MOOC, and training materials in partnership with academic institutes in the south and will include additional uptake activities to disseminate the developed materials.

WP5 contributes to other work packages of the project in two ways – i) developing the training materials which support the proposed activities in other work packages and ii) developing webinars to showcase the outputs/case studies from other work packages. The training materials on analytical skills to estimate water productivity will support the activities in WP1 and proposed service hubs in WP2. This will be also made demand driven based on the inputs from project partners if there is need of having these materials on particular topics which will support their activities. Webinars on topics supporting WP3 on assisting national policies and WP4 on international upscaling will be developed.

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Activities and Outputs

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Establishment of Knowledge Hubs

The WaterePIP project is partnering with knowledge institutes across Africa to develop Knowledge Hubs for water productivity. The major functions of the knowledge hubs are to train the water and agriculture professionals, students at bachelor’s and master’s level and to promote the education materials developed as part of WaterPIP to reach maximum end users. So far, Knowledge Hubs have been established at....

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Training of Trainers

One of the goals of the Knowledge Hubs is to create centers where local professionals can teach others. In order to do this, the WaterPIP project is conducting a "trainer of trainers" programme, where local experts in a variety of specialties, including remote sensing and agriculture, are provided detailed training on .... so they can then teach them to others in their region.

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MOOC on Water Productivity

A massive open online course (MOOC) on water productivity will be developed, teaching the fundamentals of water productivity analyses and indicators and showing how they can be applied.