AFRHINET publications and final outputs: Fostering the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa

Date: 23 May 2017

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

After 3 years of hard work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Germany by the AFRHINET team and associates, a set of key publications, technical reports and capacity building materials focusing on innovative know-how and experiences on the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa are accessible on the project website. 

The publications can be found at http://afrhinet.eu/materials/viewcategory/45-publications.html and revolve around the following issues:

​- ​Best practices on the use of rainwater harvesting for off-season small-scale irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa.

​- ​Policy recommendations on the use of rainwater harvesting for off-season small-scale irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa.

​- ​Advanced training materials on the use of rainwater harvesting for off-season small-scale irrigation, for scientists and practitioners.

​- ​Training materials on the use of rainwater harvesting for off-season small-scale irrigation, for local communities.

​- ​Fostering the use of rainwater for small-scale irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa: A baseline study.

In addition, several technical reports and capacity building materials relevant for sub-Saharan Africa in general, and Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in particular, are accessible online at http://afrhinet.eu/materials/viewcategory/67-national-and-regional-outputs.html. ​Also, a repository of relevant information on rainwater harvesting irrigation management in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe has made available on​ the AFRHINET virtual ​technology and transfer centres at http://www.rainwatertechcentres.net/​. ​

​T​hese materials have been produced in the frame of the AFRHINET project, which was a 3-year capacity building project on the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The project was coordinated by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The African partners were Addis Ababa University and WaterAid-Ethiopia in Ethiopia, University of Nairobi and Searnet-ICRAF in Kenya, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, and University of Zimbabwe and ICRISAT-Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. Various relevant contributions to specific outputs of the project have been provided by ASAL Consultants (Kenya), Dabane Trust (Zimbabwe), Kenya Rainwater Association (Kenya) and ​the Roads for Water Learning Alliance (MetaMeta, the Netherlands), among others​​. The AFRHINET project was funded by EU and the ACP Group of States.​

For those interested on the results and impacts of the AFRHINET project, the final issue of the newsletter and a wrap-up flyer of the project are accessible online at http://afrhinet.eu/materials/viewcategory/18-dissemination-and-promotion.html

If you have any question or comment, do not hesitate to contact the project team at afrhinet@ls.haw-hamburg.de