Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, February 6, 2017

AFRHINET Symposium

1-2 February 2017. Nairobi, Kenya. This 2-day symposium focused on “Fostering the Use of Rainwater for Food Security, Integrated Landscape Management and Climate Resilience”. In this regard, cost-effective experiences from research, field projects and best-practices on the use of rainwater for irrigated and rainfed small-scale agriculture, soil and water conservation, and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa was showcased. The symposium was an interdisciplinary event, mobilizing African and non-African stakeholders undertaking research and/or executing rainwater-smart projects in the African continent.

Objectives:
  1. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, governments and enterprises from Africa with an opportunity to display and present their works in this field of knowledge; 
  2. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of rainwater-smart projects, especially successful initiatives and best-practices practices across the African continent; 
  3. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show rainwater-smart adaptation strategies can be implemented in practice; 
  4. to provide a platform to network and possibilities for cooperation in this field of knowledge.
Background:
AFRHINET is a three-year project which focuses on fostering the use of rainwater for small-scale irrigation during dry periods in rural drylands of sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • The project focused on the implementation of integrated capacity-building and demonstration activities, the establishment of research and technologytransfer centres, and the setting-up of a transnational network of multivariate relevant stakeholders. 
  • The action of the project took place in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 
  • The AFRHINET project was part of the second ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU-ACP cooperation programme which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States.
Publication:
FOSTERING THE USE OF RAINWATER FOR SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
A regional baseline study in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
  • The main goal of this report was to conduct a capacity and technology transfer assessment in the field of rainwater harvesting for irrigation management in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
  • You can download this publication using this link:

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