- Institutional Strengthening Project
- Shared Vision Program
- Applied Training Project
- Nile Trans-boundary Environmental Action Program
- Regional Power Trade
- Efficient Use of Water for Agriculture Project
- Water Resources Planning and Management Project
- Socio-Economic Development and Benefit Sharing
- Confidence Building and Stakeholder Involvement Project
- Shared Vision Program Coordination
Agriculture is critically important to the people of the Nile Basin, therefore, Efficient Water Use for Agricultural Production (EWUAP) Project focused on how to make the agricultural sector work better. Following key NBI principles of cooperation and awareness raising, the project worked to improve understanding and strengthen skills on common irrigation and water harvesting issues. Project Management Unit (PMU) was based in Nairobi, Kenya and operational in the nine Nile Basin countries. The project was sponsored by Netherlands and the World Bank (WB).
To establish a forum for assisting stakeholders at regional, national and community levels to address issues related to the efficient use of water for agricultural production.
Key outputs/outcomes achieved
The agricultural project has contributed to improved use of water for agricultural production by identifying and documenting available best practices and technologies from the basin and elsewhere that contributes to improved efficiency of water use. These best practices and technologies are being disseminated and demonstrated through the three levels of networks and forums that have been established among stakeholders and practitioners. The specific outputs/outcomes are as follows:
Training, Workshops and Study Tours
- Established forums and enhanced dialogue on water harvesting, irrigation and efficient use of water for agricultural production among stakeholders, experts and key players to.
- Conducted a number of national and regional workshops to share findings and recommendations on studies related to agriculture and agricultural water in the basin, best practices and guidelines in water harvesting, community managed irrigation and public and private managed irrigation.
- Organized study tours to selected irrigation and water harvesting sites in the basin to exchange knowledge and experiences on best and bad practices – vital in the process of transferring of practices and experiences.
- Organized and successfully completed regional training programs in water harvesting, small scale irrigation, on farm water management in irrigated farms, Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) training for irrigation management. National training programs were also organized for experts and practitioners on issues related to water harvesting and irrigation.
- Individuals and/or groups from each of the NBI Member States trained in Water Harvesting, Community Managed Irrigation, as well as Public and Private managed Irrigation.
- Long-term relations with potential training institutions established.
Documents and Reports Produced
- Rapid Baseline Assessment (RBA) of the agriculture and agricultural water sectors in five Nile Basin countries.
- Best practices and best practice sites for Water Harvesting and Community Managed (Small Scale) irrigation selected, profiled, discussed and validated in each of the nine NBI Member States.
- Regional documents on best practices and guidelines.
- Agricultural Water in the Nile Basin – An Overview. A basin wide document describing weaknesses, opportunities, potentials and drawbacks including institutional and legal frameworks in the sector.
- Best practices and best practice sites in water harvesting and community based irrigation in each of the Nile Basin countries.
- Best practices in Water Harvesting as well as Guidelines for their implementation.
- Best practices in Community Based (Small Scale) Irrigation and guidelines for their implementation plus Action Plans for possible investments to be considered by the SAPs.
- Large Scale Irrigation Practices in the Nile Basin: Inventory of Large Scale Irrigation schemes, Best Practices and Guidelines.
- Irrigation potential from Lake Victoria, Tanzania: Mara Valley, Bugwema, Isanga, Manonga, Ngono.
- Concept Note - Agriculture in the Future River Basin Organization together with a document Review of Agriculture in other River Basins
Support to SAPs
- Organized a regional workshop for the agriculture program of NELSAP that was useful in preparing a road map and ultimately led to funding of an agriculture project.
- The project might have been able to focus more quickly on critical issues had a focal institution been established from the beginning. While the project team adapted to this constraint by working with National Project Coordinators from 3-4 different ministries, there was still a lack of focus on the issues of a specific ministry - agriculture, water, environment or land.
- The project design document and the actual needs of stakeholders and providers of leadership and guidance differed – it’s important to assess stakeholder needs before going into implementation.
- Dissemination of the information and data generated during this project is absolutely essential and strengthened efforts need to be made to ensure data and research gets into the hands, and in the format, of the people who will benefit most from it.
Strategy to sustain the gains
- The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat (Knowledge and Information System) and the Regional Agricultural Trade Project (RATP) of NELSAP could pick some of the outputs and build on them.
- The institutions and departments receiving the documents could help in disseminating the information on best practices and sustain the system
- Preferably, the Concept Note could be used by the RATP and be developed into a detailed agriculture strategy/program for the ISP or the future RBO.
|No||Document Name||Post Date|
|1||Best practices for Water Harvesting||02-Jun-2011|
|2||Best Practices for Water Harvesting and Irrigation in Tanzania||28-Jun-2010|
|3||Best Practices for Water Harvesting and Irrigation in Sudan||28-Jun-2010|
|4||Best Practices for Water Harvesting and Irrigation in Egypt||25-Jun-2010|
|5||Best Practices for Water Harvesting and Irrigation in Burundi||25-Jun-2010|