Remote sensing data enables IWMI researchers to identify irrigated areas at a resolution of 30 meters, providing valuable insights for water policy and agricultural planning
Authors: Kiran M. Chandrasekharan, GIS/RS Specialist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Chandima Subasinghe, GIS/RS Analyst, IWMI; and Amare Haileslassie, Principal Researcher, IWMI
Irrigated home gardens, like this one in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, are an ...more
Vulnerable communities are benefiting from improved climate resilience and reduced water-related risks, as a new series of IWMI Water Issue Briefs shows.
By Olufunke Cofie, Regional Representative – West Africa (IWMI)
In recent decades, water shortages in sub-Saharan Africa have become more intense and less predictable. Climate change is expected to aggravate the situation by affecting temperatures, rainfall patterns, and the frequency ...more
The World Bank and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will rapidly scale climate science to support agri-business in Zambia, tackling the climate challenge head on through the new AICCRA-Zambia Accelerator Grant.
(Lusaka) An exciting new accelerator grant was launched to rapidly scale climate science support for Zambia’s farming and agriculture.
The official launch of the AICCRA-Zambia Accelerator Grant brought together ...more
Throughout Southern Africa, drought is the deadliest national disaster. Yet one-third of the region’s population live in drought-prone areas. As COP26 places climate change front and center on the global development agenda, we must remember that with proper preparedness, drought doesn’t have to be such a killer. But being prepared means being proactive rather than responding to crises.
Farmer with ...more
Water is at the core of our planet’s biodiversity and helps to create a sustainable future
Nature provides “green infrastructure” that complements the dams, levees, and canals that humans construct. Aquifers store freshwater that can help us more effectively navigate droughts, mangroves can protect coastlines from destructive storms, and wetlands in some circumstances can help reduce the impact of flooding ...more
By Barbara Van Koppen, Emeritus Scientist, IWMI
Who gets to decide how water is accessed, used, and managed? Is it the state, the people, the gods, or the tribal chief? Studies show that in much of the developing world, the practice is a combination of these. But on (legal) paper, it very often is not, or if it is, it is ...more
IWMI in the news
Through the funding support of the European Union under the Ghana Agriculture Programme, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is implementing the “Resilience Against Climate Change – Social Transformation Research and Policy Advocacy (REACH-STR) Project”. The project among other things is researching and engaging decision makers on pathways to incorporating social transformation analyses into planning of climate ...more
By Alan Nicol, Strategic Program Director - Water Growth and Inclusion, IWMI and Diana Suhardiman, Research Group Lead Governance and Inclusion / Senior Researcher - Policy and Institutions, IWMI
The recent IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report makes more explicit than ever water’s central role in translating global warming into catastrophic impacts on human and natural systems, and the CGIAR reflects water’s ...more
A recent study conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) estimated the economic value of irrigation water for major crops in various agricultural systems of the Nile Basin. It provides important baseline data in a time when water supply is uncertain as a result of climate change.
“This study provided benchmarking data that will help to improve water allocations and ...more
Public hearings and audits have the potential to reduce corruption, empower citizens and improve water resource management, new report shows.
By Hari Dhungana, Associate Professor of Development Management and Administration at Nepal Open University, Nepal and Floriane Clement, Senior Research Fellow at DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) France, former Country Representative for ...more