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Soil and Water Management Techniques in Rain-fed Agriculture

The Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank, with support from the Government of Israel, is implementing a technical assistance program on Building Resilience in Agriculture. This program seeks to support Bank client countries and stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve capacity in managing climate change related challenges to agriculture and improve awareness and knowledge of concepts, approaches, and measures to enhance resilience in agriculture in response to climate variability and climate change. The objective of this assignment is to support the capacity building objective of the program through delivering a technical webinar on Soil and Water Management Approaches and Techniques in Rainfed Agriculture. The seminar will provide an introduction on the importance of rainfed farming, agronomic issues – growing better crops; the household – families and creativity; the community – taking joint responsibility; rainwater harvesting – capturing runoff in dry areas; sustainability – keeping the ecosystem alive; climate change – how climate smart agriculture helps; and the enabling environment – why governance matters.

About the Presenters

William Critchley

William Critchley was born in UK during 1952. He attended Reading University, where he gained an honours degree in agriculture. After this he began his professional career as a volunteer agriculturalist in the highlands of Kenya. He stayed in Kenya for a total of 13 years, working on district based development projects for the World Bank and for USAID - where he began to specialise in water harvesting for plant production. In 1987, after returning to home base in Europe, he led the World Bank's "Sub-Saharan Water Harvesting Study" as a consultant. Later, he was employed by the VU University Amsterdam's Centre for International Cooperation, where he headed the Sustainable Land Management unit. He gained his PhD in soil and water conservation in 2000. Teaching a popular, specialised course on Sustainable Land Management and Master's student supervision took up a good deal of his time. William Critchley is known for being co-editor of the book "Where the Land is Greener" (the first major WOCAT publication), and more recently wrote and directed a film and book on good news in Africa – namely “More People, More Trees" (Practical Action Publications). Having left the university in 2012 he returned to UK for semi-retirement. His current work activities include project design, technical and methodology backstopping, and evaluation. In 2016 he was awarded the Tropical Agricultural Association’s “Development Agriculturalist of the Year”.

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 15, 2021


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jose luis

- Jul 13, 2021
lo máximo


- Apr 13, 2021
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- Jan 20, 2021
Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.


- Jan 20, 2021

Mohammad Nadir

- May 1, 2020

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Dec 17, 2019
Management Techniques


- Oct 16, 2019

Engr. Babar

- Oct 10, 2019
Excellent work
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