REACH: Improving water security for the poor

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Date and time: 
Fri, 2017-04-07 14:10

Plenary session - reflections on the science and institutional support structures needed to enahance water security in fragile regions

Yesterday REACH global research programme hosted by UNICEF and the University of Nairobi, in partnership with Oxford University held two international events to discuss water security and drought.

Discussions held during the afternoon session focused on ‘Improving water security for the poor in drought-prone regions’. The Keynote presentations from Prof. Richard Washington, Oxford University and Dr. Gilbert Ouma, a lecturer in the Department of Meteorology tackled the issue of ‘Climate science for improving water security for the poor’.

In his presentation, Dr. Ouma introduced climate science to the audience and impact of climate variability.  Noteworthy in his presentation, was the similarity made on the weather predictions by the Meteorological department in 2016 and the pattern of poor rainfall experienced currently in Kenya. By using information provided in the predictions he said, the Kenya could have been better prepared to manage the drought currently experienced in the country.  


The REACH progamme is  a seven-year global programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and led by Oxford University. The programme seeks to improve water security for millions of poor people in Asisa and Africa. The main activities are focused in eight Water Security Observations across three countries: Bangoladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya. [Read more]

Expiry Date: 
Sun, 2017-12-31 14:10