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GESAAF Dipartimento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali

Course on Water Harvesting



On-line Course on

In situ Water Harvesting for resilient farming systems


The Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems (GESAAF) of the University of Florence organized an on-line Course on “In situ Water Harvesting for resilient farming systems”.

In order to face the problems with adaptation to climate change of small farmers in arid and semi-arid regions, and to increase the resilience to climate change, there is need to optimize in-field water harvesting techniques so as to improve crop yields. It is then imperative to investigate the possibilities to increase water productivity in rain-fed agriculture for increased food production. With improved in-field water harvesting, captured rainfall can probably sustain crop production during the mid-season dry spells, reducing crop failures and may ultimately lead to improved household food security.


Modules are prepared by lecturers from:

  • Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • Institute of Water and Environment, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
  • MetaMeta
  • University of Florence
  • Institut des Régions Arides (IRA), Tunisia


The course will be taught in English.


Course contents:

The course consists in 4 modules on:

  • resilience concept and its relevance under a vision of climate change
  • in situ water harvesting techniques to deal with situations of water scarcity
  • management of water harvesting projects as potential adaptation options available in existing agricultural systems
  • analysis of case studies


10 grants covering 100% of the tuition fees are available for applicants from countries where the issue of water scarcity and access to water is a limiting factor for the development, and where payment of the registration fee can be a hindering factor for enrolment in the course. A selection of the applicants will be made by a Commission of 3 academics of the University of Florence based on the curriculum vitae and studiorum of the applicant.

5 places are reserved for BSc and MSc students of the University of Florence

5 places are reserved for PhD students of the University of Florence

Course date, fee, ECTS:

•             ON-LINE Course available on Moodle platform from 12 February 2018

•             End date of the on line course: 31 October 2018

•             Deadline for UNIFI applications: January 15th 2018

•             Course fee: € 150

•             Requirements for admission: High school diploma

•             4 ECTS

•             The course will not be activated if the number of participants is below 5

For information and contacts:

Professor Elena Bresci (Course Coordinator)


For application, fill the on-line form  

  • as an ordinary candidate
  • as a student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses of the University of Florence
  • as a student enrolled in any PhD program offered by the University of Florence
  • as a candidate from emerging countries



ultimo aggiornamento: 05-Gen-2018
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