Summary report of kick off workshop

The WHaTeR kick off workshop took place between 31 January and 4 February 2011 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The workshop brought together representatives from the existing seven consortium partners (VU University Amsterdam, Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles) as well as a representative from Arba Minch University - identified as potential partner for the Ethiopia case study (WP10). A total of 26 participants attended the workshop (8 from Europe: Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom; and 18 from Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa).

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WHaTeR website

The WHaTeR project website ( was launched in March 2011 with the objective of making the project results and outputs accessible to a wider public. The website structure is based on Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) which is a free and open-source e-learning software platform.The WHaTeR Work Environment, in brief WWE, is a separate part of the WHaTeR website accessible only to the WHaTeR consortium and its Advisory Team. WWE is used for internal project communication, collaboration and planning of activities. It functions also as a repository of documents, reports and other material relevant for the WHaTeR project.



Summary report of methodology workshop

The WHaTeR methodology workshop took place in the week of 21 – 25 November 2011 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. It was the second opportunity for the WHaTeR consortium partners to discuss face-to-face the actual methodological planning and implementation as well as project coordination issues. The main objectives of the workshop were: a) to discuss cross-linkages and collaboration among work packages; b) to decide on RTD methodologies and water harvesting technologies to be investigated, based on the outcome of the revisit studies; and c) to discuss the progress and financial reports with individual partners in one-to-one coordination meetings.

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Synthesis report of water harvesting technologies revisits

During Phase One of the project, a systematic programme of revisits was made to ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa under Work Package 2: "Water Harvesting Technologies (WHT) revisit and situation analysis". This activity was planned at the early stages of the project to gather baseline data against which the results of research and development activities will be measured. The data gathering comprised also a review of reports and associated data generated during past and on-going fieldwork and projects. Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania, the four target countries in which the follow up WHaTeR RTD activities will take place during Phase Two, were in the list of countries revisited.



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Factors influencing WHT uptake - A characterization of the WHaTeR study sites

This report concludes that, overall, there seems to be a business ss case for water harvesting investment, especially when it allows farmers to (partly) shift their farming practices from the production of subsistence to the production of cash crops. Clearly, this is not always possible as it depends on the amount of water that can be harvested and whether farmers have good market access. The business case for WHT in subsistence farming in dryland agriculture is more uncertain, studies being limited to crop yield improvement assessments without attention for investment costs. Also, in the face of increasing droughts the question arises whether water harvesting in dryland agriculture creates sufficient benefits in poor rainfall years: anecdotal evidence suggests that farmers may prefer to earn off-farm employment as opposed to investing in water harvesting, but this is a subject that requires further analysis.

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Communication and dissemination plan

This report describes the communication, dissemination and interaction plan of the WHaTeR project that shall be used as a reference guide by the partner organizations and associated stakeholders in order to facilitate cross fertilization and sharing of knowledge and skills during the implementation of the WHaTeR project. The report highlights how the foreground of the WHaTeR project will be communicated and disseminated to both the WHaTeR consortium itself and the outside world, referring to various activities and products designed for multiple target groups.

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Factsheets and Posters

Throughout the project a number of factsheets, brochures and posters have been developed to increase the visibility of project results and complement the dissemination activities undertaken by the WHaTeR partners.

Factsheets, Brochures, Posters



Multi-stakeholders workshops report

During the year 2012, SearNet in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Arba Minch University (AMU), INERA and University of KwaZulu, organized a first series of four stakeholders’ workshops in the case study countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania). This synthesis report summarizes the proceedings of the first series of workshops.


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Scientific factsheets

The factsheets for the individual Work Packages are available in a dedicated page of this website under Resources.

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