Data farming – how Ethiopian farmers harvest data to help their crops

What’s the weather doing? It’s a question that obsesses many but for many Ethiopians it is question that makes the difference between plenty and destitution.  Ethiopia is a rich and diverse country that is home to around 100 million people,…

New El Niño research grant awarded to UPGro investigators

A research team, led by Prof. Alan MacDonald of BGS, has been awarded research funding by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for a study entitled "Monitoring the impact of the 2015/16 El Nino on rural water insecurity in…

African aquifers can protect against climate change

Floods and droughts, feasts and famines: the challenge of living with an African climate has always been its variability, from the lush rainforests of the Congo to the extreme dry of the Sahara and Namib deserts. In north western Europe,…

GroFutures launched at Inception Workshop in Addis Ababa

Some 25 social and physical scientists from 12 participating organisations in 11 different countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to kick-off the GroFutures project. The GroFutures team began the workshop with a field trip to the Upper Awash Basin to…

Collecting Water With Roads – ground-breaking research wins Global Environment Award

Water is short in many places but roads are everywhere – and when it rains it is often along these roads that most water runs, as roads unknowingly either serve as dike or a drain. By harvesting the water with…

Roads for Water – new research puts Ethiopian farmers in the driving seat

Media Release World Water Day is an opportunity to reflect on the immense challenge that faces millions of people every day. Much of Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, is notably off-track from the Millennium Development Goals[i], which come to an end…

How to… design roads for water harvesting and groundwater recharge

Roads can devastate a landscape - scarring it, creating barriers for wildlife and accelerating stormwater so that valuable farmland, habitats and homes get washed away or polluted. What if didn't have to be that way? What if roads would work…

Roads for Water: Effecting Change in Tigray, Ethiopia

from the WaterChannel: Question: How can dusty roads provide water? Answer: By harvesting and storing rainwater when it falls on them.  A 30 mm rainfall over a 1-kilometre stretch of road can produce up to 100,000 litres of water. This number…

End of project workshop summary: Prospection for low-fluoride sources in Ethiopia

Report fluoride - Brief Report presenting main findings The "Improving access to safe drinking water_prospection for low-fluoride sources Groundwater" Catalyst project has released a summary report of the main findings, presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August. This Catalyst project,…

AMGRAF: increasing the capability of households and communities to improve their own lives

Dr Elisabeth Oughton (Newcastle University) presented aspects of the work of the UPGro project: AMGRAF - Adaptive Management of Groundwater in Africa, with a focus on the work in Ethiopia. It is working from the bottom up to develop and…