Andreini to talk on Africa's Water Feb. 1

Marc Andreini
Marc Andreini

Marc Andreini, a research fellow at the Water for Food Institute, speaks at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1 at Hardin Hall Auditorium on “Managing Africa’s Water.”

As they manage the resource most critical to Africa’s development, Africans must make wise policy choices, create capable, responsive institutions, and build and maintain well designed infrastructure, Andreini said. They will have to use it sustainably, allocate it equitably, and raise its productivity. In his talk, he will begin to explore some of the opportunities and challenges they will face as they manage Africa’s waters.

Andreini previously was a water adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Bureau for Economic Growth and Trade. He will describe the small reservoirs, how they are used and areas of research that might be pursued to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Before joining USAID, Andreini was a senior researcher with the International Water Management Institute, where he was the Ghana coordinator of the GLOWA Volta Project and the leader of the Small Reservoirs Project. Andreini has contributed to projects to strengthen basin-level integrated water management and address issues of water productivity. He has worked in California and several African countries and has been involved in a variety of water management and supply projects.

He has studied solute movement under conventional and conservation tillage, and shallow groundwater irrigation in Zimbabwe. He built village water supply systems in Morocco, was a physical planner for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Tanzania, and was a member of the project coordinating unit supervising the construction of Botswana’s North-South Carrier. He is a professional engineer.

A story in Monday’s Today@UNL indicated Andreini was still with USAID. He now works for the Water for Food Institute as an international research fellow.

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