Project:APSAN-Vale: Piloting innovations to increase the Water Productivity and Food security for Climate Resilient smallholder agriculture in the Zambezi valley of Mozambique
Cliënt:Agência do Zambeze (AdvZ)
Partners:Resilience BV, HiView, HUB
Doel:To increase climate resilient agricultural (water) productivity and food security, with a specific objective to increase the water productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Mozambique, prioritizing small (family sector) farmers to increase food and nutritional security.

The project has as its overall aim to increase climate resilient agricultural productivity and food security, with a specific objective to increase the water productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Mozambique, prioritizing small (family sector) farmers to increase food and nutritional security. This project will demonstrate what the best combinations are of adoption strategies and technological packages, with the largest overall impact in terms of Water Productivity, both at the plot-level, sub-basin as well as basin-level. The main role of FutureWater is monitoring water productivity in target areas (both spatial and seasonal/annual variation) using Flying Sensors in combination with a water productivity simulation model and field observations.

For smallholder farming systems, there is a huge potential to increase water productivity by improved (irrigated) water management, better access to inputs and agronomical knowledge and improved access to markets. An assessment of the opportunities to boost the water productivity of the various agricultural production systems in Mozambique is a fundamental precondition for informed planning and decision-making processes concerning these issues. Methodologies need to be employed that will result in an overall water productivity increase, by implementing tailored service delivery approaches, modulated into technological packages that can be easily adopted by Mozambican smallholder farmers. This will not only improve the agricultural (water) productivity and food security for the country on a macro level but will also empower and increase the livelihood of Mozambican smallholder farmers on a micro level through climate resilient production methods.

This pilot project aims at identifying, validating and implementing a full set of complementary Technological Packages (TP) in the Zambezi Valley, that can contribute to improve the overall performance of the smallholders’ farming business by increasing their productivity, that will be monitored at different scales (from field to basin). The TPs will cover a combination of improvement on water, irrigation, and agronomical management practices strengthened by improved input and market access. The goal is to design TPs that are tailored to the local context and bring the current family sector a step further in closing the currently existing yield gap. A road map will be developed to scale up the implementation of those TPs that are sustainable on the long run, and extract concrete guidance for monitoring effectiveness of interventions, supporting Dutch aid policy and national agricultural policy. The partnership consisting of Resilience BV, HUB, and FutureWater gives a broad spectrum of expertise and knowledge, giving the basis for an integrated approach in achieving improvements of water productivity.

The main role of FutureWater is monitoring water productivity in target areas using an innovative approach of Flying Sensors, a water productivity simulation model, and field observations. The flying sensors provide regular observations of the target areas, thereby giving insight in the crop conditions and stresses occurring. This information is used both for monitoring the water productivity of the selected fields and determining areas of high or low water productivity. Information on the spatial variation of water productivity can assist with the selection of technical packages to introduce and implement in the field. Flying sensors provide high resolution imagery, which is suitable for distinguishing the different fields and management practices existent in smallholder farming.

In May 2020, FutureWater launched an online portal where all flying sensor imagery from Mozambique, taken as part of the APSAN-Vale project, can be found: futurewater.eu/apsanvaleportal

Publicaties

  • 2020 - Quarterly ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt. 2020. APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2020 (in Portuguese).X

    APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2020 (in Portuguese)

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2020 - Quarterly ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt. 2020. APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2020.X

    APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2020

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2020 - Annual ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt. 2020. APSAN-Vale Annual Progress Report 2019 (in Portuguese).X

    APSAN-Vale Annual Progress Report 2019 (in Portuguese)

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2020 - Annual ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt. 2020. APSAN-Vale Annual Progress Report 2019.X

    APSAN-Vale Annual Progress Report 2019

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, M. de Klerk, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2020 - FutureWater Report 195Van Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune. 2020. Water Productivity Technical Report - Avaliação de referência para o projeto APSAN Vale. FutureWater Report 195.X

    Water Productivity Technical Report – Avaliação de referência para o projeto APSAN Vale

    Van Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune

  • 2020 - FutureWater Report 195Van Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune. 2020. Water Productivity Technical Report - Baseline assessment for APSAN Vale project. FutureWater Report 195.X

    Water Productivity Technical Report – Baseline assessment for APSAN Vale project

    Van Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune

  • 2019 - Quarterly ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt. 2019. APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q3-2019.X

    APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q3-2019

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2019 - Conference PaperVan Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune, C. Nolet, J. van Til, J.E. Hunink. 2019. Flying Sensors for Smallholder Farming: An Innovative Technology for Water Productivity Assessment. Conference Paper 3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3), 1-7 September 2019, Bali, Indonesia.X

    Flying Sensors for Smallholder Farming: An Innovative Technology for Water Productivity Assessment

    Van Opstal, J.D., A. Kaune, C. Nolet, J. van Til, J.E. Hunink

  • 2019 - FutureWater ReportVan Opstal, J.D.. 2019. APSAN-Vale Water Productivity Rainfed season 2018/2019. FutureWater Report.X

    APSAN-Vale Water Productivity Rainfed season 2018/2019

    Van Opstal, J.D.

  • 2019 - Quarterly ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, D. Levelt, K. van Krieken. 2019. APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q2-2019.X

    APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q2-2019

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, N. Schepers, K. van Krieken, D. Levelt

  • 2019 - Quarterly ReportCome, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, D. Levelt, K. van Krieken. 2019. APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2019.X

    APSAN-Vale Quarterly Progress Report Q1-2019

    Come, E., A. Teixera, J.D. van Opstal, D. Levelt, K. van Krieken