Flood-Based Farming


The International Fund for Agricultural Development has approved the grant proposal of Unesco-IHE, Meta Meta and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) for spate irrigation for rural economic growth

The 2015-2017 project focuses on network strengthening among and with farmers, improve education on flood-based farming (spate irrigation) and research for development in Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and Ethiopia. 

With the grant of 1.200.000 USD, Unesco-IHE and partners aim to develop flood-based farming policies and programmes based on action research and documented practical experiences.

About spate irrigation
Spate irrigation is a type of water management, that is unique to semi-arid environments. It is found in the Middle East, North Africa, West Asia, East Africa and parts of Latin America. Flood water from mountain catchments is diverted from river beds (wadi’s) and spread over large areas.

Spate systems are very risk-prone. The uncertainty comes both from the unpredictable nature of the floods and the frequent changes to the river beds from which the water is diverted.

Substantial local wisdom has developed in organizing spate systems and managing both the flood water and the heavy sediment loads that go along with it.

Source: Unesco-IHE website 

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