Rainwater management to address climate change in Burkina Faso

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Presented by Brahima Ouedraogo at the International Forum on Water and Food (IFWF), South Africa, 14-17 November 2011.

The International Forum on Water and Food (IFWF) is the premier gathering of water and food scientists working on improving water management for agricultural production in developing countries.

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  • Presentation for IWMI Board, 30 April 2011
  • Rainwater management to address climate change in Burkina Faso

    1. 1. Mahamoudou Sawadogo On behalf of Brahima Ouedraogo Rainwater management to address climate Change in BF Original title: Recueillir plus d’eau de pluie pour faire face aux changements climatiques ( http://ipsinternational.org/fr/_note.asp?idnews=6768 ) IFWF3
    2. 2. The story (1) <ul><li>Rainfall variability in the Volta Basin (BF) </li></ul><ul><li>Rainfall predictability is very difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Risky to rely on rainfed agriculture which is predominant for now </li></ul><ul><li>But even if rainfall is highly variable in the region , the total rainfall amount (200 billion m 3 on average per year) to stimulate agricultural growth </li></ul><ul><li>What is the problem? </li></ul>
    3. 3. The story (2) <ul><li>Inadequate rainwater management </li></ul><ul><li>Only 14% of rainwater is harvested in the Volta Basin </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic pressure (> 3 % a year) that is increasing population needs </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change & its crises </li></ul><ul><li>A flood in 2009 left around 150,000 homeless in Ouagadougou </li></ul>
    4. 4. Key messages <ul><li>Current rainfed – based agricultural is not sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Various rainwater management options should be considered to promote food security: </li></ul>Zai pits Small reservoirs VBDC
    5. 5. Target audience <ul><li>Policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Donors </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers to some extend </li></ul>

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