This study focused on increasing understanding of the relationship between promotion of NRM technologies and its impact on livelihoods using a case study of rainwater harvesting (RWH) research conducted by the Soil Water Management Research Group (SWMRG) of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. The study aimed at improving research strategies to assist scaling-up of pro-poor management of natural resources in semi arid areas. The specific objectives of the project were to: (i) Assess the interactions between the livelihood capitals and the institutions and processes of research and communication for RWH systems; (ii) Develop better understanding of the efficacy of communication methods and media products for stakeholders across a range of levels and R & D sectors; (iii) Establish and test best combination of methods for tracking RWH research processes, outputs and outcomes; (iv) Elaborate and promote research and communication process for ensuring RWH and natural resource management (NRM) in a wider context, can lead to positive outcomes and impact with target organisations at national and international levels.
Mahoo, H. 2005. Improving research strategies to assist scaling-up of pro-poor management of natural resources in semi-arid areas (R8088B). Final Technical Report for project R8088B. Morogoro, Tanzania: SWMRG, Sokoine University of Agriculture. 53 pp.