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. 

Work is ongoing on research in Sudan – on various dimension of the spate system – coordinated by HRS – that is also hosting the Sudan Network: sediment management, on farm water distribution, economics. The first results of this solution oriented and peer reviewed research can be found in tje Resources Documents.

Also – we want to document spate and flood based farming systems in more countries. Often the systems are there but remote and unknown and no systematic support is given or links made to good experiences and practices in comparable settings. We welcome suggestions for ‘new’ areas to be documented. Please contact us at info@spate-irrigation.org

Finally we very recently had a very productive get together of the four current country networks – and the plans for coming years are being finalized. We will soon (just wait a few days) publish these in the concerned country sections (Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan and Ethiopia).

All the best

Abraham and Frank