This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8088: Promotion of and support to the use of
the Parched Thirst Model V2.1 in East Africa, and development of Version
PARCHED THIRST (PT) is a decision-support tool that addresses the
challenges of low and unreliable crop and livestock production in
semi-arid areas. Unlike most other models, PT includes the effect of the
weather, water management and soil variability on cereal crop yields.
Planners can therefore use it to estimate food deficits or surplus, and
so anticipate their import or export strategies. The model is currently
used by the Early Warning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and
by agricultural extension offices and training institutes in several
areas of Tanzania. It is also used for research and teaching in Uganda,
Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Greece, the UK and the
USA. It is available for download from websites in Tanzania, UK and
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.
NRSP13, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 82.