Spate News April 2013

Dear Spate Friends

We hope all of you are doing fine. In the past months we have been undertaking a large number of activities to promote good practices in spate irrigation. In this case the ‘we’ is very much the Spate Irrigation Network with several fantastic partner organizations. Here is an update. Please contact us (by email: with suggestions, requests for information, ideas for initiatives, material to be placed on the website or else.

Abraham, Frank and Linda

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Spate news January 2013

Dear all,

We hope you are doing fine!
We have lots of things to inform you about.

The Ethiopian Spate Irrigation Network teamed up with GiZ Germany and conducted extensive field visit to all corners of the vast arid Lowlands of Ethiopia.  The aim was a reconnaissance of opportunities for investment and development. Many bright spots were identified – leading to a comprehensive document: Flood based farming systems in

Ethiopia: Status and Opportunities for development . This document will be available at the website in February, 2013

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Spate News May 2012

Dear Spate members,

We hope all is fine. Would like to update on some recent activities in the network..

First we are developing a series of video lectures on different aspects of spate – you will find the first three of these on the website – we are hoping that these will contribute to mainstreaming spate irrigation in education. Please have a look at the opening menu of the website.

Secondly the FAO Regional Office organized a meeting on spate irrigation in Agadir last year. This yielded very useful insights and updates on the state of spate in Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia and Mauretania. We invite you to have a look at the library section. 
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Spate News February 2012

Dear spate friends,

We hope all is fine.

We want to draw your attention to a number of things.

There are many new “gems” on the spate website. In Pakistan we have started to scan the original land and waterrights documents and the first one is in the library section.  Also you will find the newengineering manual in the training section of the website. Furthermore we have been scanning a number of documents from the pre-digital age including groundwater studies in the spate areas of coastal Yemen and the historical Gazetteer of the DG Khan in Pakistan. We also recommend a very interesting document on floodwater spreading in Niger. You will find it all in the library.

Also the Double Degree course on spate irrigation between Haramaya University and UNESCO-IHE has started. In this first year it is with three MSc students, but we expect this to increase.

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Spate News November 2011

Dear all,

We hope you are all doing well.

Here is a short update on spate activities!

New overview papers:

There are new overview papers on spate in different countries – Iran, Morocco, Kenya and coming soon overview papers on flood based farming in Ethiopia and Africa. We want to keep preparing these overview notes – as they help to spot the often still unknown – suggestions for documentation in other  undocumented countries are welcome, esp. in Central Asia and in South America.

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