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.

  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.
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.
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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