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Water Harvesting Technologies Revisited: Potentials for Innovations, Improvements and Upscaling in Sub-Saharan Africa

Objective

The WHaTeR project aims to contribute to the development of appropriate water harvesting techniques (WHTs). These WHTs should be sustainable under dynamic global and regional pressure, and strengthen rainfed agriculture, improve rural livelihood and increase food production and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. In total 3 European and 5 African organisations will be involved; namely VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Newcastle University (United Kingdom), Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), University of Kwazulu Natal (South Africa), Sokoine University (Tanzania), Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (Kenya), National Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research (Burkina Faso) and Arba Minch University (Ethiopia). Project activities will be divided over 14 Work Packages. The first Work Package covers project management and the second comprises a situation analysis - through revisits to water harvesting sites in 15 African countries studied previously by participating organisations . The next four Work Packages focus on detailed research and technology development activities on cross-cutting themes (environmental sustainability; technology development; livelihood improvement; uptake and upscaling; and global and regional impact) and will be conducted together with four country-based Work Packages (in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania). One Work Package will concentrate on stakeholder communication and outreaching activities, and the final Work Packages consists of synthesis and dissemination of project results, inclduing production of guidelines for WHTs. The project will spend an estimated 74% of the budget on RTD, 13% on other costs related to stakeholder workshops and outreaching and 13% on project management. The expected impacts of the project comprise technology support for farmers, development of stakeholder communication networks, innovative water harvesting systems, tools for impact assessment, upstream-downstream land use, and policy support for integrated water management and adaptation to climate change to promote EU and African strategies on strengthening rainfed agriculture, food security and livelihoods.

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 VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 636 442
Administrative Contact
Dia Eek (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 269 640
Address
University Road, Chiltern Hills
3630 Westville
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dlamini Sipho (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 268 917
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deborah Grieves (Ms.)
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 128 026
Address
Sokoine University Of Agriculture
Morogoro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filbert Rwehumbiza (Mr.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 285 636
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stina Nieminen (Ms.)
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 219 535
Address
United Nations Avenue Gigiri
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laksiri Abeysekera (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 115 609
Address
Gounghin
04 Ouagadougou
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Issaka Gansonre (Mr.)
ARBAMINCH UNIVERSITY*AMU
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 76 125
Address
Po Box 21
Arba Minch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Debalke Delcho Doyra (Mr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teun Jan Dorland (Mr.)