International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999
8: Rainwater Catchment Systems in Agriculture
Strategic Water Development
in Rural Kenya - The Importance of Rainwater Catchments
P. O. Box 38638, Nairobi, Kenya
80% of Kenya's population is rural and agriculture based. The majority of rural
Kenyans rely on small-scale (subsistence) farming. The economic importance of
rainwater catchment combined with small-holder irrigation has not been properly
evaluated for Kenya, hence the investigation presented in the present paper.
The investigation adopts a systematic, integrated and strategic approach (SISA)
to evaluate the role of rainwater catchment in rural Kenya. The emphasis is on
subsistence and appropriate technologies as well as management of natural resources
(particularly land and water).
In conclusion, recommendations are presented on how proper strategies can result
in promotion of rainwater catchment and utilisation for food security in the new
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