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9th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999

Section 8: Rainwater Catchment Systems in Agriculture

Paper 8.1

Strategic Water Development in Rural Kenya - The Importance of Rainwater Catchments

G.K. Bambrah
P. O. Box 38638, Nairobi, Kenya
Fax 2554-2-606909


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 millenium.

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