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Water Harvesting for Rainfed Africa: investing in dryland agriculture for growth and resilience

Objective

WAHARA will take a transdisciplinary approach to develop innovative, locally adapted water harvesting solutions with wider relevance for rainfed Africa. Water harvesting technologies play a key role in bringing about an urgently needed increase in agricultural productivity, and to improve food and water security in rural areas. Water harvesting technologies enhance water buffering capacity, contributing to the resilience of African drylands to climate variability and climate change, as well as to socio-economic changes such as population growth and urbanisation. To ensure the continental relevance of project results, research will concentrate on four geographically dispersed study sites in Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Zambia, covering diverse socio-economic conditions and a range from arid to sub-humid climates. The project emphasizes: i) participatory technology design, i.e. selecting and adapting technologies that have synergies with existing farming systems and that are preferred by local stakeholders, yet tap from a global repertoire of innovative options; ii) sustainable impact, i.e. technologies that combine multiple uses of water, green and blue water management, and integrated water and nutrient management. Using models, water harvesting systems will be designed for maximum impact without compromising downstream water-users, contributing to sustainable regional development; iii) integration and adaptability, i.e. paying attention to the generic lessons to be learned from local experiences, and developing guidelines on how technologies can be adapted to different conditions; and iv) learning and action, i.e. a strategy will be developed to enable learning and action from successes achieved locally: a. within a region, to upscale from water harvesting technologies to water harvesting systems, and b. across regions, promoting knowledge exchange at continental scale.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 357 074,83
Administrative Contact
Rudi Hessel (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 287 280
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kathy Brownridge (Ms.)
METAMETA RESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 287 280
Address
Postelstraat 2
5211 EA S Hertogenbosch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Van Steenbergen (Dr.)
INSTITUT DES REGIONS ARIDES
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 219 240
Address
Route De Jorf Km 22
4119 Medenine
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Ouessar (Dr.)
INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 220 140
Address
Gounghin
04 Ouagadougou
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hamado Sawadogo (Dr.)
MEKELLE UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 174 840
Address
Tiray Regional State
Mekelle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kifle Woldearegay Woldemariam (Dr.)
GOLDEN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH TRUST
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 167 174,40
Address
Chisamba
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephen W. Muliokela (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 233 617,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Coen Ritsema (Prof.)
AGROTECHNOLOGY CONSULT AFRICA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 52 665,60
Address
Essensteeg 31
7451 MP Holten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henk Dibbits (Mr.)