Newsflash November 2018

Postcard from Bahirdar

In the Gumera area of Ethiopia, Teff could not grow because of frequent flooding. However, rice can grow under these conditions. Read this new blog on TWC showing an example of successful adaptive agriculture in Bahirdar, Ethiopia.

7th cycle annual regular international course

Most of the land mass in Africa is arid and semi-arid. However, recurrent flash floods are experienced in these areas. For better understanding of the flood water management, an international short course on integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems is held annually at Mekelle University. The 7th cycle was graced by 40 participants from different organizations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland. The course was divided into 7 modules which involved both class and practical works to understand the existing water management practices around Tigray, their rate of success and failure and the causes of failure. The main objective of the course was to empower professionals with comprehensive understanding and technical skills in integrated watershed management and FBFS for better planning, design and management of flood water.

4th international online course on water harvesting

The Water Harvesting Lab of the University of Florence is proposing the 4th International Online Course on Water Harvesting, covering the topic of “Water Harvesting for land ecological restoration”.
In arid and semi-arid regions, in order to increase the resilience to climate change, there is the need to focus the attention on interventions able to contribute to land ecological restoration. Adoption of restorative land use and recommended management practices through Water Harvesting are then important to strengthening numerous ecosystem services. The course will be co-organised involving lecturers from the Università degli  Studi di Brescia (IT), MetaMeta Research (NL) and the Institute of Arid Regions (TUN). The module of the course will cover:

  1. Main drivers of land degradation
  2. Social and economic aspects of land degradation and land restoration
  3. Effects of water harvesting techniques on soil properties and water management
  4. Water harvesting for vegetation recovery (rangeland and forestry)

The course is from February 18, 2019 till October 31, 2019. The deadline for application is December 17th, 2018. No tuition fee is due for a total of 10 participants from countries where the issue of water scarcity and access to water is a limiting factor for the development, and where payment of the registration fee can be a hindering factor for enrollment in the course. More info on the call and applications at: or via Elena Bresci (course coordinator) and Giulio Castelli

FBLN represented at seminar DG Khan, Pakistan

On the 26th of November, a one-day seminar on hill torrents management-sediment challenges and options was held at Ghazi University, DG Khan. The seminar was attended by a range of different stakeholders interested and involved in hill torrent management; engineers, ministers, government officers, university professors and farmers. Also, FBLN Pakistan and our local partner SPO were represented by the country coordinators. They presented the spate irrigation history and potential in Pakistan and initiated discussions on how spate irrigation is related to challenges and sustainable solutions for hill torrent management and the potential areas of hill torrent harnessing. Also, literature and publications by FBLN and SPO related to spate irrigation were distributed among the participants.

Flood recession agriculture in Ghana

Flood recession agriculture is a category of flood-based farming systems (FBFS) where crops are grown on the receding flow and residual moisture in the soil after flooding. In Ghana, there is a huge potential to practice flood recession agriculture, making dry-season agriculture possible and improving food security in the country. For more information, visit this project website of IWMI (International Water Management Institute) and this page of IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) sharing a working paper on this topic.