AgWA is an autonomous voluntary partnership that includes a large set of networks and institutions from Africa and elsewhere, all of which bring specific Agricultural Water Management (AWM) capacities to the Partnership.
The members include government and inter-government organizations, United Nations agencies, civil society and other non-governmental organizations and networks, research, educational and training institutions, financing institutions, and international water management networks.
In Africa, only 7 percent of arable land is irrigated, with an even lower 4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to 38 percent in Asia. Moreover, 93 percent of the African population rely on rainfall to live or even survive. Additional investment in agricultural water management would pay dividends.
Agricultural growth is the key to reducing poverty in Africa and driving economic development. But agriculture needs water and lots of it. Africa is well endowed with water resources, yet water withdrawals are less than 3 percent of total renewable resources.
As a response to those challenges, AgWA aims at promoting investment in developing the water and agriculture potential of the continent.
The project will make extensive use of regional expertise.
It will also draw on the specific experience and knowledge
residing at FAO, especially in the fields of agricultural
water use and water productivity.