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Poster Making Rainwater Harvesting Essay

Tias Sibanda is Chairman of the Rainwater Harvesting coordinators in Ward 17, South Matebeleland, Zimbabwe. He is also one of the 100 farmer trainers. 

He cultivates 4.5 hectares of maize and also has a homestead plot of 2 hectares for sorghum. Before he was introduced to water harvesting techniques by Practical Action, he used to plant maize on the 4.5 hectares but frequently harvested nothing because of the drought. He was able to grow sorghum at h\is homestead, as the crop needs little water, but this provided insufficient food for himself and his family and they could only survive by buying food with the proceeds from selling livestock.

He was one of the first farmers in the ward to build contours for conserving rainwater. This led to a big improvement in food supplies: last year, he had two crops of maize, the first producing 1.5 tonnes and the second 0.75 tonnes. He retained all of this for food and sold nothing. As a result, he no longer had to buy food and has sufficient stocks at home to last until next season. He calculates that he has avoided having to spend money on food equivalent to 12 goats. With a goat selling at some Z$300,000 (about £17), this means that he saved over £200.

"Thanks to the water harvesting techniques shown to us by Practical Action," says Tias, "and with the contour field structures, we are now more ‘food secure’ and have no worries about soil loss. I am confident of further improvements in the future and, if the drought eases, would soon be able to sell some of my maize crop".


The Raindrops Geneva Award is an art competition organised by the IRHA to promote Rainwater Harvesting and to increase public awareness on the importance of this topic. For the fourth edition of this competition we looked for posters that illustrate the uses and/or benefits of rainwater harvesting.
The selection process was conducted as follows:

IRHA congratulates the following three winners:

1st Prize (1’000 CHF): Kateryna Korniienko-Heidtman for “Rainwater Use for Life”
2nd Prize (600 CHF): Eva Kay Norrington for “Smallest of Gestures”
3rd Prize (400 CHF): Jason Holmes for “0.3%”.


1st Prize: Kateryna Korniienko-Heidtman


2nd Prize: Eva Kay Norrington


3rd Jason Holmes

All posters were saved anonymously* into one file. Out of all posters, 125 posters were preselected, using the above mentioned criteria. Any posters not matching the requirements stated in the Rules of the Competition were automatically excluded. The Jury discussed the remaining 125 posters: the jury reviewed the posters left in the competition and were able to reduce this figure by selecting those that stood out round after round. After long hours of debate, the overall number of 750 posters was reduced to just 15. It was decided that all 15 posters would be printed and presented at the Raindrops Geneva Awards 2013 Exhibition that will be held for a week on 21st March 2014 in the World Famous Courtyard of the Geneva Town Hall, with the support of the Republique et Canton de Genève.
Selection of the three winning posters: A handful of posters clearly stood out and were voted on by the members of the jury. Each member of
the jury was allowed three votes. The winning posters were those that received the majority of votes.

The authors of the 13 posters shortlisted for the exhibition also deserve a huge congratulation:

Nelu Wolfensohn for “Rain Drops, Life Drops”

Francesca Reinero for “Rainwater is a free asset, use it”

Anna Zima for “Life in every Drop”

Pash Bolshakov for “The Perspective”

Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi for “Efficiency”

David Walton for “Raindrops”

Charlie O’Connell for “Rainwater Harvesting can turn your Life Around”

Mikolaj Dobrucki for “Lower Price – Better Quality”

Svetlana Tarasova for “Save Rainwater for your Washer”

Tanya Krendel for “Raindrops create the Life Around Us”

Zuzanna Chanska for “Water your Life with Rain”

Marc Baker for “Baker_01”

Check out more at the photo gallery




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