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London Launch of Kanayo F. Nwanze's new book "A Bucket of Water"

Warwick in London are delighted to be hosting the London launch of Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze's new book A Bucket of Water: Reflections on sustainable rural development, which will be published by Practical Action in February 2017. Dr Nwanze, President of the UN agency IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), has decades of hands-on experience in agricultural research and rural development. The event is being hosted by Warwick in London, University of Warwick as part of our ongoing collaboration with IFAD and will take place at the Shard.

A Bucket of Water reflects on the work of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in tackling challenging issues in rural development, and provides an accessible discussion of themes such as peace and development, the cost of inaction, engaging young people in farming, women’s contribution, farming as a business, and technology and research. Professor Calestous Juma of the Harvard Kennedy School has described the book as “ inspirational call to action by one of Africa’s leading development champions.”

IFAD was established in 1977 to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in developing countries. Dr Nwanze has been President since 2009.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017

Time: 12noon – 3pm

Location: The Shard, London Bridge

Event format:

Arrival and lunch

12.45pm – Main event

Introduction – TBC

Interview with President Kanayo F. Nwanze and audience discussion - facilitated by Siobhan Benita, Chief Strategy Officer, Warwick in London

Book signing and drinks reception


Audience: This is a free public event. We anticipate that this event will appeal to a broad audience particularly students, academics, NGOs and development partners.


Please complete our online booking form if you would like to attend. We will send you a confirmation of your place at the event.

‘This book is an inspirational call to action by one of Africa’s leading development champions.’
Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, United States
‘This book has inspired me and given me fresh ideas. It feeds the will and the mind. A “must read”, particularly for young men and women entering the field of rural development.’
Julio Berdequé, Principal Researcher at the LatinAmerican Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP), Santiago, Chile
‘This book is about the hard work of providing justice for individuals and communities. It could not be stronger on the cost of inaction – especially in Africa. The author’s experience and passion for working with rural communities shines through from these pages.’
Agnes M. Kalibata, President, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

IFAD President: Kanayo F. Nwanze

In many African villages, water is a luxury, and everyday people walk kilometers to get it.