Remembering: The Missing Capacity
It is surprising how few organizations have the capacity to remember their past beyond the last year or two. Why does that happen and why should it be so important? After all, isn't it the present and the future that concerns us? Think about the organization you work for now. How did it begin? What was the original vision? What are the milestone events in its history? How many people have worked for or with your organization since it started? Where are those people today? Where would I find a complete set of annual reports or the minutes to the Steering Committee meeting from two years ago? And what is the value in asking these questions?
Adapting to climate change: a land and water management challenge calling for research
Climate change is nothing new. The global climate has been changing since time immemorial - but the current pace and scale of it is worrying, to the extent that it now dominates the global political discourse. For good reasons the debate has focused on mitigation, but even if we meet emissions targets today, the impacts of climate change are likely to be felt for generations to come.
By Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen, DHI Water Policy Adviser, and Asger Kej, CEO of DHI and Vice Chair of the IWMI Board of Governors1
The Challenge of Interdisciplinary Research - A Personal Observation
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the 50th anniversary of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the 100th anniversary of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), agricultural economics being the discipline in which I was raised.
By Randy Barker
The Changing Face of Agricultural Research and Development in the CGIAR
Twenty-five years is not a remarkable age in the life span of an organization. After all, some companies have endured for 100 years and there are at least 50 universities in the world that have been in continuous operation since the year 1500. Nonetheless, the twenty-five year mark is a good point to stop and take stock. It tends to be one of those pivotal points where an organization either reinvents itself to fit the changing zeitgeist, or begins the long slow descent into quiet oblivion.
By Colin Chartres, Director General, IWMI
The Changing Face of Development
That a great deal is changing at an astonishing pace in these turbulent times and in the world of development is no exception. What are these changes and what do they mean for CG and other research centers like IWMI?
By John Skerritt, Board Chair for IWMI.
Why farmers need a pay rise...
The world's farmers need a pay rise - or, come the mid-century, the other 8 billion of us may well find we do not have enough to eat.
An essay by Julian Cribb FTSE