Land and water degradation pose a serious
threat to food security and the livelihoods and wellbeing of rural
populations that occupy degradation-prone marginal lands. There
are numerous examples around the globe of innovations that have
been effective in reversing the continuing downward spiral of poverty
and hopelessness with positive impacts on land and water resources.
These 'Bright Spots' are individuals, small communities and households
that have reversed natural resource degradation in a sustainable
manner, resulting in an enhancement in food security and wellbeing
of individuals and the community as a whole.
'Bright Spots' in Asia, Latin America
and Africa are the focus of research activities supported by the
Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, to
learn from case studies worldwide and identify the socio-economic
drivers that promote the emergence of a 'Bright Spot' in order to
facilitate the replication and expansion of these communities.