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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Spate News April 2011

Spate News April 2011

We hope you are all doing fine!

We would like to update you on some news on spate:

First of all and very important, the collaboration with ifad under the heading ‘spate irrigation for poverty alleviation and rural growth’ has gone off to go a start. under this program the network will be strengthened – in particular in four countries (Yemen, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Sudan); cross country pilot activities will be undertaken, the practical knowledge base will be strengthened (with more and translated practical notes), support to mainstreaming spate in education a, support to policies in the different countries and also hands-on support to a number of ifad projects.

We also want to ask you for ideas on a number of fronts: we want to document spate systems in lesser known countries; get innovative work and documentation-like msc research work going; put together a videos on spate irrigation to familiarize those not so familiar. Please write us with suggestions and proposals.


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Spate News October 2010

Spate News October 2010

Dear members,

We hope you are all fine. We want to share with you a lot of good news!

First is that IFAD has made a substantial grant available to the Spate Irrigation Network. This will help to bring the network ‘one level up’. The grant is for strengthening the network in four countries; for undertaking pilots on the basis of good practices in one countries – transferring these to another country; for strengthening education in spate irrigation; for small research grants for students; for supporting policy work and for providing support to IFAD projects. IFAD is a consistent development investor in spate irrigation. We are grateful and are happy for the cooperation with IFAD.


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