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
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
Meron Teferi Taye and Alemseged Tamiru Haile (IWMI)
Through the FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) Fellowship project, IWMI is working to develop a thorough knowledge of the water resources within the Lake Tana sub-basin as it experiences more developmental growth.
Dried out stream in Ethiopia. Photo: WLE
During recent field visits we witnessed intensified water withdrawal from rivers for small-scale ...more
CGIAR’s new ambitions are defined by a set of impact areas, with water – and therefore water systems science – at the heart of each. This is part of a series of blogs that will explore the linkages between water and each of these impact areas. In this case we focus on poverty reduction, livelihoods and jobs.
Packing vegetables to be transported to the market. Photo: ...more
By Kashi Kafle, Economist - Impact Evaluation, IWMI
Photo: Maheder Haileselassie / IWMI
In Ethiopia, development of small-scale private wells initiated and managed by farmers, have gained significant momentum in recent years. This expansion of farmer-led irrigation development (FLID) in the country is primarily guided by land suitability for irrigation, but pays little attention to farmers’ economic status and agricultural practices.
This World Population Day, we explore how refugees can develop resilience with water
Women break ground on a garden plot located within the UN Women Safe Centre section of a refugee camp in Africa. Photo: UN Women
Refugees from South Sudan in the Rhino Camp of northern Uganda will soon be fortifying their diets with okra grown in their own home ...more
Data-driven tools are helping solar irrigation companies target their products and services to the right people, in the right way.
By Thai Thi Minh, Senior Researcher – Upscaling Innovations, IWMI, and Cecily Layzell, IWMI Consultant
Farmers attending a solar irrigation pump demonstration by Pumptech during a fieldtrip to Bawku, Ghana. Photo: Thai Thi Minh / IWMI
‘Know your customers’ is arguably the ...more
CGIAR’s new ambitions are defined by a set of impact areas, with water – and therefore water systems science – at the heart of each. This is part of a series of blogs that will explore the linkages between water and each of these impact areas. In this case we focus on nutrition, health and food security.
Drip irrigation used ...more
New IWMI findings suggest that adaptive management, a structured approach to decision-making in the face of uncertainty, can help achieve sustainable agricultural transformation.
By Amare Haileslassie, Principal Researcher, IWMI
A farmer in Ethiopia demonstrates a hand pump used for agriculture.Photo: Apollo Habtamu / IWMI
Ethiopia has decades of experience in implementing land and water management interventions. However, the resulting alteration of agricultural landscapes ...more