Africa's 'hidden water': can it secure agricultural growth and food security?

21 March 2014 09:45 - 17:00 (GMT+00)
Public event
This event was streamed live on the ODI website
Details

ODI’s Water Policy Programme (WPP), the Global Water Initiative East Africa (GWI) and UEA’s  Water Security Research Centre (WSRC) will host a flagship event on 21 March 2014 to mark World Water Day (22nd March). The event will bring together international experts from a range of disciplines and sector perspectives to discuss four key themes:      

  • The groundwater perspective: Are recent headlines about Africa’s vast groundwater potential credible? What do we know – and what don’t we know – about the development potential and management needs of groundwater resources in SSA?
  • The agriculture perspective: Does better land and water management, and more irrigation in particular, hold the key to ‘climate-proofing’ agriculture, raising yields and reducing rural poverty?
  • The development and poverty perspective: Groundwater irrigation for smallholder farmers in SSA is accelerating, but what do we know about its ability to deliver inclusive growth and the factors that still block development?
  • Lessons from the Asian perspective: Thanks to a groundwater boom, millions of farmers have improved their livelihoods and food security in South Asia and northern China. But the costs of runaway withdrawals are now hitting hard – on poorer farmers, the environment and other sectors, not least energy. What important lessons can be drawn? 

The day will conclude with the launch of a new book, Water Security, Principles, Perspectives and Practices, published by Earthscan, with mini-presentations from some of the well-known authors. 

Water Policy
UEA Water Security Research Centre (WSRC)
Global Water Initiative (GWI)
Agenda

Time

Theme

Speakers

09:45-10:00

Introduction: The scope of the water & agriculture challenge

Roger Calow (ODI) & Alan Nicol (GWI)

10:00-10:15

Keynote 1: The resource perspective

Prof Alan Macdonald (BGS)

10:15-10:30

Keynote 2: The agriculture perspective

Dr Hezron Mogaka (ASARECA Uganda)

10:30-10:50

Break

10:50-11:10

Keynote 3: A country perspective – Ethiopia

H.E. Ato Sileshi Getahun (Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture)

11:10-11:30

Keynote 4: A development & poverty perspective

Dr Karen Villholth (IMWI)

11:30-12:20

Facilitated discussion: From ground to growth, but what are the pathways?

Roger Calow/Alan Nicol chair

12:20-13:00

Water security perspectives: Rapid-fire session from Earthscan book chapter authors

Chapter authors give 3 minute ‘elevator pitch’ followed by discussion. Bruce Lankford (UEA) chairs

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-14:15

Keynote 5: Lessons from India: the rise and fall of the groundwater irrigation economy

Shilp Verma (IWMI)

14:15-14:30

Keynote 6: Grounding the South Asia perspective in Africa.

Prof Richard Taylor (UCL)

14:30-15:15

Facilitated discussion

Discussants:

Violet Alinda (GWI)

Dr Steve Wiggins (ODI)

Dr Eva Ludi (ODI)

Dr Bruce Lankford (UEA)

15:15-15:45

Closing session

Roger Calow & Alan Nicol

15:45-17:00

Earthscan book launch and wine reception

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