External Event
Virtual seminar

Groundwater: Potential and Pitfalls for Africa

Online seminar

Groundwater development is key to accelerating agricultural and overall economic growth, fight climate change, and generate employment in Africa. However, there is also a need to improve groundwater institutions to grow equity and environmental sustainability in groundwater use. This session discusses the African Ministers' Council on Water’s (AMCOW) groundwater program with case studies on the benefits of groundwater development as well as institutional advances in several African countries.

The importance of groundwater development for water and food security in Africa

Africa’s groundwater development program

Groundwater development potential in Africa

  • Ramon Brentführer, Policy Advice Groundwater bei BGR, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

The economy-wide benefits of accelerating groundwater development in Senegal and Uganda

The groundwater governance toolbox: Elements to increase sustainability of groundwater use in Africa

Panel Discussion

  • Niokhor Ndour, Director of Resource Management and Planning, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Senegal
  • Julius Aheebwa, Water Officer, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
  • Mure Agbonlahor, Agricultural Production and Marketing Officer, African Union Commission
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI