initiative, benefiting more than 120 participants from 44 African countries, leverages public-private partnerships to increase women's economic participation and address key barriers that women confront when starting and growing businesses.
Seasonally adjusted data were used for the AWEP and AWEM variables.
Table 1 Phillips-Perron (PP) Test Results for AWEP, AWEM, WD, PRODL, EXPORTS, IMPORTS, and TOT Variable Test Results Test Results Linear Trend Linear Trend Not Included Included AWEP (1) 2.
Landowners can obtain funding through AWEP for several types of projects:
AWEP was established by the 2008 Farm Bill, and funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
As part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), AWEP
operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements.
Nationwide, nearly $20 million will be used to fund 28 AWEP projects in 10 states.
AWEP projects are unique from traditional EQIP contracts in that applications for funding are made directly to USDA from an organization on behalf of a group of agricultural producers who intend to make water improvements in a geographic area.
Applications from individual agricultural producers within a given AWEP project area are ranked according to the conservation resource need.
EQIP contracts are made directly with agricultural producers while AWEP
and CCPI rely on industry and conservation groups to play a coordinating role to accomplish water quality and other conservation goals.
Last year's 15 California recipients were able to successfully demonstrate how they would use AWEP funding to address water supply, irrigation efficiency, and nutrient management concerns and provide significant benefits to local water resources.
Like other aspects of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), AWEP is a Farm Bill-based voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers.