21 March 2014 09:45 - 17:00 (GMT+00)Public eventThis event was streamed live on the ODI websiteDetailsAgendaAudio/VideoDetailsODI’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. View content in the Search Centre:Sub-Saharan AfricaAsia AgendaTimeThemeSpeakers09:45-10:00Introduction: The scope of the water & agriculture challengeRoger Calow (ODI) & Alan Nicol (GWI)10:00-10:15Keynote 1: The resource perspectiveProf Alan Macdonald (BGS)10:15-10:30Keynote 2: The agriculture perspectiveDr Hezron Mogaka (ASARECA Uganda) 10:30-10:50Break10:50-11:10Keynote 3: A country perspective – Ethiopia H.E. Ato Sileshi Getahun (Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture)11:10-11:30Keynote 4: A development & poverty perspectiveDr Karen Villholth (IMWI)11:30-12:20Facilitated discussion: From ground to growth, but what are the pathways?Roger Calow/Alan Nicol chair12:20-13:00Water security perspectives: Rapid-fire session from Earthscan book chapter authorsChapter authors give 3 minute ‘elevator pitch’ followed by discussion. Bruce Lankford (UEA) chairs13:00-14:00Lunch14:00-14:15Keynote 5: Lessons from India: the rise and fall of the groundwater irrigation economyShilp Verma (IWMI)14:15-14:30Keynote 6: Grounding the South Asia perspective in Africa.Prof Richard Taylor (UCL)14:30-15:15Facilitated discussionDiscussants:Violet Alinda (GWI)Dr Steve Wiggins (ODI)Dr Eva Ludi (ODI)Dr Bruce Lankford (UEA)15:15-15:45Closing sessionRoger Calow & Alan Nicol15:45-17:00Earthscan book launch and wine reception Audio/VideoClick the play button to start the video player. Once started, choose a particular speaker or segment by clicking the 'Playlist' button on the top left of the video box.