BUILDING CAPACITIES, ESTABLISHING NETWORKS AND FOSTERING TRANSFER AND ADOPTION OF RAINWATER HARVESTING IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES
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Type: 
Workshops/Training
Start Date: 
Wed, 2015-02-25 08:00 - 18:00
Location/Venue: 
CHIROMO CONFERENCE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

Background
Sub-Sahara Africa is home to a high number of people living in chronic poverty, largely in rural drylands. Moreover, its main productive sectors are highly dependent on natural resources which face constant threats from environmental degradation and climate variability and change (UNECA, 2012). While rainfed agriculture is the principal source of livelihood for rural communities, patterns of land use, population pressure and climate variability often undermines its productivity. Besides depleting the natural resource base, rainfed farming systems in dryland areas are demonstrably ineffective at alleviating rural poverty (RoK, 2013). Hence, there is a need for alternative measures that can allow for stability in small-scale dryland agriculture (i.e. horticultural crops, agroforestry and subsistence agriculture) through rainwater harvesting for supplementary irrigation. This will enhance rural resilience to climate variability while increasing food and water security in rural drylands of sub-Saharan Africa.
Although drylands in sub-Saharan Africa are at the frontier of agricultural water scarcity, the untapped potential of green water recapitalization is enormous and remains largely unrecognised and underdeveloped (IPCC, 2007; Mati, 2007). It is against this background that an international multi-stakeholder workshop is being organized by AFRHINET, which is a technology transfer network on rainwater harvesting irrigation management for sustainable dryland agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Aims of the workshop
The aims of this event are as follows:

  • Identify existing technologies and emerging best practices in rainwater harvesting storage technologies for small-scale irrigation in Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
  • Assess capacity, research and technology, and market needs in rainwater harvesting irrigation management in the partner countries
  • Share information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of rainwater harvesting irrigation systems globally, especially successful initiatives and best practices
  • Identify, prioritize and develop a clear and practical strategy for developing successful technology transfer centres in the partner countries
  • Strengthen cooperation and enhance networking among academic and research communities with businesses/micro-enterprises, NGOs and public sectors, policy-making actors and local communities
Contact Person: 
Dr. Christopher Nyamai
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