Socio-economic costs and benefits of water harvesting technologies (2011-2014)

The overall objective of the EC FP7 funded WHaTeR project is to contribute to the development of appropriate and innovative water harvesting techniques (WHT) that are sustainable under dynamic global and regional pressures so as to strengthen rainfed agriculture, improve rural livelihood and increase food production and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project will revisit WHT interventions across the African continent, but focus the analysis on Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and South Africa. The project is coordinated by the Center for International Cooperation (CIS) of VU University and the partners are: Stockholm Resilience Center, Newcastle University, INERA,  Arba Minch University, SEARNET, Sokoine University and the University of KwaZulu Natal 

IVM leads the work on WHT adoption, uptake and upscaling. A recent expert meeting on WHT adoption in Africa concluded that although the biophysical requirements for WHT technologies are well-described, a good analysis of the socio-economic and cultural requirements lacks (IWMI 2010). This is exactly what our analysis will focus on, considering the socio-economic costs and benefits of WHT at household and community level and analyzing the economic and behavioral factors that constrain uptake and upscaling of WHT.

For more information please contact dr Jetske Bouma or visit the project website: