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  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa

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Rationale

Food insecurity is a problem for millions of people in semi-arid areas of Africa. One of its main causes is the extended dependence on rainfed agriculture in regions where the rainfall pattern is erratic and unreliable. Food and water scarcity have negative economic impacts and exacerbate poverty, especially in rural communities. Yet, some solutions such as the use of rainwater as supplemental irrigation may be at hand. Because RWHI management consists of simple low-cost technologies which are highly suitable for rural dryland areas, it is expected to have great potential to benefit poor and marginalised rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. If a higher number of rainwater storage facilities are implemented and improved access and efficiency in the use of the water resources available for agriculture is ensured, this will make a positive contribution to water security, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability.

Challenge

The main economic activity in rural areas of Eastern and Southern Africa is small-scale rainfed agriculture.
As rainfall is not reliable, this activity is highly inefficient. Although there is high potential for small-scale irrigation improvement, a lack of institutional capacity both at a central and local level, coupled with the inefficient involvement of the private sector, is hampering the development of small-scale agriculture and affects food security and socio-economic development.
In addition, a lack of market-oriented research and educational approaches in the field of rainwater harvesting irrigation (RWHI) technologies is hindering further development in this sector, affecting the implementation of innovative technologies.

Focus

Capacity-building activities, and the transfer and demonstration of innovative RWHI management technologies aim to stimulate the development and use of rainwater harvesting as a supplemental irrigation technology. This is expected to increase agricultural yields and foster the diversification of local income-generating activities for smallholder farmers through sustainable dryland agriculture, agroforestry and horticulture. The technological focus of the AFRHINET project is groundwater dams.

Under this framework, the capacity-building project "AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa" with partners and associates in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is being proposed.

Methodology and Activities

The AFRHINET project envisages effective capacity building for RWHI management and transnational research and technology-transfer centres, and enlarged and stronger networks between businesses/micro-enterprises, non-governmental and public actors and academic/scientific institutions in the field of RWHI management and sustainable dryland agriculture, agroforestry and horticulture.

AFHRINET

  • News
  • Events

AFHRINET

  • News
  • Events

Rationale

Food insecurity is a problem for millions of people in semi-arid areas of Africa. One of its main causes is the extended dependence on rainfed agriculture in regions where the rainfall pattern is erratic and unreliable. Food and water scarcity have negative economic impacts and exacerbate poverty, especially in rural communities. Yet, some solutions such as the use of rainwater as supplemental irrigation may be at hand. Because RWHI management consists of simple low-cost technologies which are highly suitable for rural dryland areas, it is expected to have great potential to benefit poor and marginalised rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. If a higher number of rainwater storage facilities are implemented and improved access and efficiency in the use of the water resources available for agriculture is ensured, this will make a positive contribution to water security, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability.

Challenge

The main economic activity in rural areas of Eastern and Southern Africa is small-scale rainfed agriculture.
As rainfall is not reliable, this activity is highly inefficient. Although there is high potential for small-scale irrigation improvement, a lack of institutional capacity both at a central and local level, coupled with the inefficient involvement of the private sector, is hampering the development of small-scale agriculture and affects food security and socio-economic development.
In addition, a lack of market-oriented research and educational approaches in the field of rainwater harvesting irrigation (RWHI) technologies is hindering further development in this sector, affecting the implementation of innovative technologies.

Focus

Capacity-building activities, and the transfer and demonstration of innovative RWHI management technologies aim to stimulate the development and use of rainwater harvesting as a supplemental irrigation technology. This is expected to increase agricultural yields and foster the diversification of local income-generating activities for smallholder farmers through sustainable dryland agriculture, agroforestry and horticulture. The technological focus of the AFRHINET project is groundwater dams.

Under this framework, the capacity-building project "AFRHINET: An ACP-EU Technology-Transfer Network on Rainwater Harvesting Irrigation Management for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa" with partners and associates in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is being proposed.

Methodology and Activities

The AFRHINET project envisages effective capacity building for RWHI management and transnational research and technology-transfer centres, and enlarged and stronger networks between businesses/micro-enterprises, non-governmental and public actors and academic/scientific institutions in the field of RWHI management and sustainable dryland agriculture, agroforestry and horticulture.

AFHRINET

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  • Events