Arid African Alluvial Aquifers Labs securing water for development

  • Partners: Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Mozam, Oxfam Zim, Acacia Water, Mekelle Univ, Dabane Trust
  • Donor: Stichting IHE
  • Donor Programme: DGIS - UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa

The proposal aims to co-develop, test, share and compare with farmers and partners methodologies to create a reliable and sustainable source of water for agriculture in three semi-arid to arid regions of Sub-Sahara Africa, using water underlying dry river beds and upscale these methodologies for use at river basin scale while maintaining sustainable abstraction limits and minimising negative social and ecological consequences. We will do so by developing experimental sites (“living labs”) where smallholder farmers, practitioners, agricultural extension fficers, water engineers and students co-develop new (technological, agronomic, financial, market) approaches of accessing and using shallow groundwater for productive purposes, and evaluate the hydrological, social and economic effects and impacts. Co-learning will be institutionalised at the sites, and between the three sites, through conscious monitoring and evaluations by farmers and other players, assisted by local students.