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FLOWERED first Regional Workshop

FLOWERED first Regional Workshop, Arusha 18th July 2017

A regional workshop, coorganized by NM-AIST by University of Cagliari, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory, OIKOS East Africa and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science was held in Nelson Mandela Institute (Arusha – Tanzania), on 18th July 2017, in the framework of the FLOWERED Project.

The regional workshop gathered 14 partners from seven countries including 4 African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tunisia, Tanzania), Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, 
About 60 participants took part to this event, such as representative of the Ministry of water and irrigation and Arusha region, research organizations, local stakeholders in water and agriculture, NGO's,  small and medium enterprises.
The aim of this workshop is to create an interactive and participatory dialogue on water defluoridation technologies that could provide a feedback to the project activitie. This  will allow to share and disseminate the information generated by the project and its intermediate results/outputs to raise public awareness on the de-Fluoridation technologiesfor improving water and agro-animal products, thus improving livelihood conditions of the population.
FLOWERED project , which stands for:
“de-FLuoridation technologies for imprOving quality of WatEr and agRo-animal products along the East African Rift Valley in the context of aDaptation to climate change”  is 3 year project (June 2016 – May 2019), funded by the European Union and  coordinated by the University of Cagliari (Italy).
It's objective is to contribute to the development of a sustainable water management system in areas affected by fluoride (F) contamination in water, soils and food in the African Rift Valley countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania), thus to improve living standards (environmental, health and food security) of its population. 

FLOWERED aims to study, test and implement innovative defluoridation technologies for drinking and irrigation water that will mainly operate at small village scale and to develop an integrated, sustainable and participative water and agriculturemanagement at a cross-boundary catchment scale

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