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Most parts of Northwestern Somaliland are arid or semi-arid. Water is scarce, acutely so during the summer months. This has impeded the regions development for several decades in various ways: Agricultural productivity has been low, public health has suffered, and a big part of the workforce (largely women) has not been gainfully employed as they have to spend several hours every day just sourcing water. Under its Integrated Community Development Program (ICDP), IFAD has supported the construction of 15 sand dams i... »»

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Welcome to TheWaterChannel, home to hundreds of videos and dossiers on key water themes! The latest dossier is ‘Water Productivity.’ Watch videos, webinars, news and blogs.... and share your own!


None left behind

One in five people living in extreme poverty has a disability. A majority of them are above the age of 60. With adapted tools and approaches, agricultural water management can be made more inclusive. This could also be a shot in the arm for overall water productivity. 

'Strengthening Integrity' in the Water Sector

Focusing on water integrity provides a strong counterforce to corruption in the water sector worldwide. Integrity risks can be tackled by building integrity walls which have four key pillars: Transparency, Accountability, Participation and Anti-corruption (TAPA).

Tesla Rickshaws

For hundred years human-operated rickshaws bicycles dominated the scene in villages and towns in Bangladesh. Now rural roads are abuzz with indigenously developed electric vehicles. They do a great job fulfilling rural needs for Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs).


The upstream-downstream question

In watershed improvement, as we ponder the downstream effects of work in the upstream, we need to push forward the idea that it could be a win-win rather than a zero-sum game.  









Artificial Recharge: A Real Solution

Groundwater is heavily over-exploited, causing decline of groundwater levels. what options do you have in an area where groundwater levels decline and where construction of surface water reservoirs is impossible, due to earthquake risks? The answer seems obvious: storing water in the ground

How sweet is Tana's sugar?

Journalist Joseph Abuje finds out whether the proposed sugar cane projects in the Tana Delta will be an economic opportunity for local communities or a humanitarian and ecological disaster


Sex for Water

Many women in urban informal settlements in Kenya are often forced to barter sex for water. This desperate measure is a last resort to provide for their families, as unscrupulous 'water cartels' take over where government and fair markets fail to provide.


Cooking for the soil

Compost and biofertilzer can be prepared by farmers using raw materials easily available on the farm, such as manure, yeast, molasses, milk, and ash.


Prosopis: The Green Scourge

In the last thirty years this hardy well rooted shrub made its way from Latin America to all parts of the world. The area estimated conquered by the invasive species in the last ten years in India, Pakistan, Yemen, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia is way above 10 million hectares.