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This section presents an overview of road water harvesting techniques. We really encourage all of you to share your experiences and ideas on these topics. Please contact us and share!

Road Crossings for Water Harvesting in Dry Rivers: Non-Vented Drifts as Sand Dams

This Practical Note discusses the siting, the design and the construction of road crossings in dry
riverbeds to harvest and retain flood water. With extensive road construction programs ongoing in
most part of the world and 60% of new roads to be added from 2010 to 2025 globally, the
opportunities to combine road development with water management are substantial. Within this the
use of road drifts – in particular the use of nonvented drifts functioning as sand dams in semiarid
and arid areas – is an important and in most countries underutilized opportunity to harvest flood
water. Read the note here.

Evaporation and water storage in semi-arid region of Kitui, Kenya

Master Thesis on Evaporation and water storage in semi-arid region of Kitui, Kenya. Different methods are discussed on measuring evaporation methods and its implications for water storage. 

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How can road side tree planting benefit people in Kitui, Kenya?

This report is part of the collaboration with SEKU in the Roads for Water program. 

It explains the benefits of road side tree planting in ASALs and describes how such activities can be organized with the community. 

Roadside tree planting – Kitui Report

Impact of Road Water Harvesting on Food Security in Semi-Arid Kenya

This report investigates how road water harvesting can impact food security in Mbitini, Kenya. In this Semi-Arid Land farmers have seen a positive change due to road water harvesting.

Two direct results of the increased water availability are: increased yields and increased variety of crops.

This research is a collaboration between South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and MetaMeta.

Here you can read more on how farmers practice this, and the benefits they get. 


Brochure in Portuguese – Gestão de Água através de Estrada para Resiliência em Moçambique

Roads for Water Management and Resilience in Mozambique. This brochure – written in Portuguese -briefly showcases beneficial road water management practices relevant for Mozambique. The brochure can be accessed here

Road water management for resilience in Mozambique

The brochure briefly explains several road water harvesting technologies particularly relevant for Mozambique. Access the brochure here

Road-side borrow pits as ponds for off-season small-scale irrigation

This case study discusses the systematic conversion of borrow pits as rainwater harvesting ponds for off-season small-scale irrigation. The overall goal of this case study is to contribute to the replication and scaling up of borrow pits for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas. Read the study here

Field visits Tigray – Group presentations

In these presentations the groups share their lessons from fieldwork in Tigray, Ethiopia during the Regional Leadership Course in Mekelle. 

No-till tied-ridging – Elwell & Norton 1988

No-Till Tied-Ridging – Elwell & Norton – 1988

The purpose of this booklet is to describe the no-till tied-ridging technique in sufficient detail to enable farmers to apply it, and to assist agriculture extension officers.


Roads for water brochure with technologies – Amharic

Roads for water brochure with technologies – Amharic


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