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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 5: Legal and Political Aspects of Rainwater Harvesting

Paper 5.11

Rainwater Harvesting in Zambia - Challenges and Opportunities

Glenda Mulenga Kasuba and Bob Muzyamba
Zambia Rainwater Harvesting Association


Rainwater harvesting in Zambia is a new concept practised by a handful of farmers in the rural areas. Traditionally, rainwater is harvested either directly in an open bucket or indirectly through shallow wells dug along the riverbanks mainly for domestic purposes. Unlike in the past when only male oriented projects on rainwater where organised, the need to include women who are indeed the main users of domestic water has been identified.

The needs of women and men regarding water differ vastly in a developing country where traditions and culture does not recognise the voice and problems of women. Women like men are fighting to have access to and control of resources such as water, and to be able to make decisions, both at community and household levels.

A successful integrated water resource management should call for a cross sectional approach to the planning, development use and protection of water resources. Training in rainwater management should take into consideration the gender differences and inequalities, if development interventions are to be effective.

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