What does the Rainwater for Food Security programme do?

We set an enabling environment for rainwater harvesting (RWH), in order to significantly increase food security. With help of our community on Rainwater Harvesting, we support the development of a more unified global network of national and regional organisations, networks and professionals, working in or interested in rainwater harvesting. By bringing together these key-actors and sharing knowledge in multiple ways, the Rainwater for Food Security programme aims to achieve sustainable change in rainwater harvesting programmes.


What are the programme’s main objectives and activities?

  1. To bring together a diversity of rainwater harvesting actors.
  2. To support global, regional and national exchange of knowledge about rainwater harvesting.
  3. To provide tools and lessons learned from the field.


What are the programme’s key focus areas?

  1. 3R (Recharge, Retention, and Reuse).
  2. MUS (Multiple Use Services).
  3. Sustainable financing.


Who can join the community?

People and organisations from different sectors, such as NGO, government or private active in WASH, water supply, food security and food production. They are all welcome. This website will provide a platform to come together, learn and share good rainwater harvesting practices.


Why is rainwater harvesting so important?

Rainwater harvesting is most often thought of as useful for providing drinking water – and rightly so. However, it also has a huge potential for additional uses, such as kitchen gardening, water retention at the watershed level, biogas production and last but not least: food production. Access to good water is an essential in the fight against food insecurity, a huge problem in many parts of the world.

Quick facts

  • Grant Implementing Agency: RAIN
  • Theme: Enabling institutional and policy environment for RWH
  • Benefitting Regions: Latin America, West and East Africa, and global
  • Total Programme Cost: USD 3 500 000
  • IFAD Contribution: USD 1 500 000
  • Co-financing: USD 2 000 000
  • Co-financiers: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Effectiveness and duration: November 2012 through April 2015


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