GroFutures held its 2nd Annual Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania from the 13th to the 16th of February 2017. The workshop was opened by SUA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and was attended by a total of 30 national and international team members from Ethiopia, France, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK. The workshop was hosted and organised by the GroFutures team from SUA led by Professor Japhet Kashaigili along with Professor Andrew Tarimo and Dr. Devotha Mosha-Kilave.
The workshop reviewed progress in research and explored ways of improving the integration of cross-disciplinary research across the GroFutures Network of African Groundwater Observatories in Tanzania (Great Ruaha Sub-catchment), Ethiopia (Upper Awash Basin), and the border region of Niger and Nigeria (Iullemmeden Basin) where dramatic changes in land-use, population, and groundwater use are taking place and projected to occur.
The workshop witnessed the finalisation of a common set of research tools including a household questionnaire and the design and installation of groundwater monitoring facilities. Additionally, the team agreed upon: (1) a communication strategy to sustain Learning Platforms comprising key stakeholders and project partners; and (2) an approach to be used for the GroFutures’ Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis (PIPA).