In-field Training Rainwater Harvesting

World Agroforesty centre, Rain Foundation, ZOA Rainwater Harvesting

Target Audience

We welcome all development workers, engineers, extension staff, policy workers and government representatives active in the field of water management, NRM, WASH and agricultural development in Eastern Africa.


Limited and unreliable rainfall increasingly challenges people’s livelihoods in Africa’s tropical and sub-tropical drylands. Inability to cope with changing climates and increased demands on the land leads to land degradation, poor social and physical infrastructure, water scarcity, low agricultural and animal productivity, poverty and poor health. Rainwater harvesting (the collection and management of rainfall for storage and reuse) is a poorly distributed and understood means to improve this situation. Particularly when linked to landscape, watershed and soil management, rainwater harvesting has the potential to improve water supply and increase resilience, food security, and well-being by providing affordable, renewable sources of water during dry periods.

Learning Objectives

– Provide participants with an in-depth understanding and practical knowledge on rainwater harvesting technologies and approaches.
– Provide insights on farm and community water harvesting interventions, landscape and watershed management approaches, green infrastructure and road water harvesting.
– Provide participants with practical experiences, including digging bunds, planting vetiver, designing artificial wetlands, water dowsing and (sand) dam design amongst others.
– Foster cross regional learning amongst practioners.