Conferences, workshops and videos

Food Systems and International Development Workshop, ANU, Canberra 14 Nov, 2016.

The Fenner School co-hosted a full day workshop on food systems and international development with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australian Centre for International Research. The aim of the workshop was to take stock of how researchers and practitioners understand and invest in food systems in developing countries. For further information:



Several videos shot by Assoc Professor Jamie Pittock in April 2016 can be found here.  In these three to five minute videos, African research partners describe the changes that they have seen and the benefits emerging from the research activities.


Catchment and Learning Symposium project presentations. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 5-6 May 2016.

In Tanzania, project leader Dr Makarius Mdemu and ground water advisor Prof Japhet Kashaigili presented project findings at a Catchment and Learning Symposium, held in. The symposium was organised by WWF Tanzania in collaboration with partners. The aim was to share and reflect on the opportunities and challenges associated with catchment governance – with an emphasis on effective or emerging approaches from both within and outside of Tanzania.

Effective management of water resources is vital to sustainable development. However, implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policy and legislation continues to struggle throughout Tanzania and Africa at large. WWF-Tanzania has considerable experience with supporting the development of the Ruaha River catchment management through their Sustainable Water Access, Use and Management (SWAUM) programme. SWAUM aims to address the complexity inherent in catchment management through multi-stakeholder social learning and places ‘integration’ at the heart of water resources use and management.


  • Agriculture Innovation Platforms (AIPs): Processes & experiences from two irrigation schemes in the Little Ruaha River. Mdemu, M. Download
  • Irrigating Africa: Policy barriers and opportunities for enhanced productivity of smallholder farmers. Kashaigili, J  Download

4th International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) African Regional Conference. Aswan, Egypt, 26 to 28 April 2016.

ICID is the leading global organisations focusing on engineering aspects of water and drainage issues. ICID is increasingly become aware of the important of non-engineering aspects of irrigation development and management which was clearly evident at this meeting. Dr Henning Bjornlund attended the conference and presented two papers produced on the basis of the ACIAR project. These two papers made a significant contribution to the conference by illustrating the important and potential of combining technological and non-technological approaches to improving the productivity and profitability of irrigation schemes both in the development and implementation phases. The two papers were presented under the food security theme.


  • Increasing the productivity and profitability of small scale communal irrigation systems in south-eastern Africa.  Abstract download:
  • Why equity of irrigation water supply matters for economic equality. Manero, A. Isdory, D. & Bjornlund, H.  Paper download and presentation download

Article on Integrated approach for irrigation development workshop, Harare, Zimbabwe, July 2015.

Project partner ICRISAT newsletter article commenting on the Harare workshop which included significant and well received contributions from our project, with presentations from Ms. Sithembile Ndema (FANRPAN), Dr A. van Rooyen (ICRISAT), Dr M. Mdemu (Ardhi University) and Mr P. Ramshaw (ANU).  Download