The Virtual Transfer Technology Centres (vTTCs) serve as a virtual platform to foster the transfer of innovative know-how and experiences in the field of rainwater harvesting and irrigation and sustainable agricultural management in the rural dryland areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the AFRHINET virtual Research and Technology Transfer Centres is to contribute to achieving a greater market-, institution- and community- oriented use of innovative research and know-how in sub-Saharan Africa.
The AFRHINET virtual Research and Technology-Transfer Centres are a web-based extension of the AFRHINET´s physical Research and Technology Transfer Centres which are established in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique Zimbabwe and Germany. The Centres aim to inter-link and strengthen the nexus between the local and regional research institutes, business/micro-enterprises, non-governmental and public bodies and policy makers.
The AFRHINET vTTCs serve as a central point to contribute to:
- Capitalising, disseminating and implementing knowledge and innovations in the field of rainwater harvesting for food security in arid and semi-arid areas.
- Aligning relevant research activities implemented by academic and scientific institutions in the field of rainwater harvesting for food security, to the market, institutions and community needs.
- Fostering cooperation between science and technology stakeholders, enterprises, NGOs and governmental institutions.
- Providing technical and/or management support and consultancy services to relevant stakeholders, enterprises, NGOs and governmental institutions.
- Offering inovative knowledge- and practice based capacity-building activities for relevant multivariate stakeholders in the field of rainwater harvesting for food security.