Newsletter July 19, 2016

Dear all,
Hope things are fine with you!
We are happy to have a couple things to share with you – all turning floods into assets, as is our motto….

Facebook Page  of Spate Irrigation Network!

To get more attention for flood based farming systems the Spate Irrigation Network Foundation is available on facebook! Click here to check the account. Like the account to spread it more and more…
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Newsletter June 28, 2016

Dear Spate Friends,

We hope all is fine wherever you are.
We have a couple of things we would like to inform you about:

  • IFAD Knowledge-sharing event in Rome, Italy
  • Floating rice-based systems in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam
  • Milk Churner Demonstration in Western Kenya
  • Spate Irrigation in Somaliland
  • Exposure Visit of Agri-Engineering Students and Teachers to Spate Areas of Sindh, Pakistan
  • World Water Day 2016 Celebrated at Sindh Agriculture University and in villages of Jamshoro, Pakistan
  • Videos spate irrigation Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Reconnaissance Research Codifying Water Rights in Contested Basins of Afghanistan project
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Dire Dawa Water Resource Bureau, Ethiopia
  • Progress Harnessing Floods to Enhance Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services, Sudan and Ethiopia
  • ICRAF Annual Leadership Course in Flood-based Farming and Water Harvesting, Kenya and Tanzania
  • IFAD Annual Meeting, Germany.

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Newsletter March 7, 2016

Dear Spate friends,

We have a couple of things we would like to inform you about!

1. New country networks
First of all we are excited that we are starting with country networks in five more countries: Afghanistan, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar and Somalia. In the ongoing Leadership Course plans have been made on starting in these new countries and host organizations have been identified.
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Leadership course in FBFS

Leadership Course in Flood-Based Farming and Water Harvesting

As part of the programme named Africa to Asia: Testing Adaptation Of Flood-Based Farming Systems (FBFS), a leadership course is being organized in flood based farming and rainwater harvesting. This course will serve as a platform for the exchange of new and innovative ideas, experiences and knowledge among young and mid-career professionals. The course will take place from February 29 to March 11, 2016.

The objective of the leadership course is to contribute to nurturing development leaders with a good understanding of the bigger picture related to participatory approach to watershed management and climate change and variability. The course will moreover help develop the practical know-how and specific skills for sustainable development and management of FBFS and Water Harvesting systems.

The first week will be covered at ICRAF in Nairobi, Kenya and will entail the introduction of FBFS and RWH System as well as more detailed courses linked the leadership and multiple use of floods i.e. road water harvesting, ground water recharge, etc. There will be interactive sessions with group work and discussions. The second week will be a field excursion to a catchment area at the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This will offer the opportunity to interact and share experiences with the farming community in this area.

To apply for this course, please read our flyer to find out more about the target group and course requirements.

For more information, please contact Elsabijn Koelman (, Alex Oduor ( or Maimbo Malesu (

Newsletter 30 November 2015

Spate News 30 November 2015
We are happy to send  you this message – announcing a number of new activities  and in some cases asking for your own expert input!

  1. Leadership course 29 February – 11 March 2016
  2. Rodent control in flood based farming systems
  3. National workshop on spate irrigation in Pakistan 7 December 2015
  4. Joining learning alliance on road water harvesting
  5. Regional course
  6. Publication on Prosopis Juliflora

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