News Archive :: IWMI

News Archive

    • Yoshi… Learning to research at IWMI April 23, 2015

      Yoshiaki Inada (Yoshi) was seconded to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) by the Government of Japan, where he worked as a researcher from July 2012. He returned to Japan in early April 2015, at the conclusion of his three-year tenure.

      Yoshi has ten years of administrative experience in the irrigation department of the Japanese ...

    • Coffee with a splash of green April 20, 2015

      In Vietnam, saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitable.

    • Global Soil Week 2015 April 19, 2015

      How smarter fertilizer and water use can help sustain our soils.

    • IWMI celebrates 30 Years with ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ exhibition launched in Colombo April 16, 2015

      IWMI marks 30 years with the launch in Colombo of the ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ exhibition.

    • FiltSsep.com: Conwed sees potential in reverse osmosis April 16, 2015

      Reverse osmosis (RO) is a critical part of the world’s water supply. The International Water Management Institute, a non-profit scientific research organization that focuses on sustainable water use in developing countries, estimates that by 2025 nearly 1 billion people will lack access to fresh, drinkable water. It’s clear that RO will play a major role ...

    • East Africa’s farmers get water smart April 14, 2015

      New book provides practical advice for farmers to make the most of their farm in climate and water uncertain times.

    • 7th World Water Forum 2015 April 10, 2015

      A team of IWMI experts is taking part in the World Water Forum (WWF) in Daegu & Gyeongbuk in South Korea.

    • The Financial Express: Harvesting solar riches April 1, 2015

      Growing agrarian stress, climate change, farmer suicides and an unpopular land bill are all colluding to turn the farm sector into prime minister Narendra Modi’s possible Waterloo. After decades of subsidies and sops, Indian agriculture still remains the parking lot for the poor for whom non-farm jobs remains a distant dream. Modi’s promised acche din ...

    • The rise and fall of Onion Land? April 1, 2015

      Irrigation has proved profitable in Ethiopia, but unsustainable use could burst the bubble.

    • TheChicagoCouncil: ‘Business as Usual’ Management of Water and Agriculture Will Cripple Paths to Sustainable Development March 31, 2015

      Guest commentary from Frank Rijsberman, Jeremy Bird, and Andrew Noble on Global Food For Thought.

    • Sri Lanka Develops Cheap Rainfall Forecasting Device March 27, 2015
      AsianScientist (Mar. 19, 2015) – By Smriti Daniel – Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.
      Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely ...
    • South Asia running out of groundwater March 27, 2015

      India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan along with China account for nearly half of the world’s total groundwater use and these regions are expected to  experience serious deficits, says the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), Water for a Sustainable World 2015 released ahead of  World Water Day on 22 March.

      WWDR 2015 explains ...

    • Sri Lanka develops cheap rainfall forecasting device March 27, 2015

      Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.

      Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials. At US$250, they are far cheaper ...

    • Back to the grassroots March 26, 2015

      New review paper explores the available knowledge and lessons learned from past experiences in promoting home gardens in Africa.

    • Addressing the challenge of solid waste March 24, 2015

      Channeling biodegradable waste into compost to reduce environmental pollution.

    • Happy World Water Day 2015! March 22, 2015

      See how IWMI is marking World Water Day this year.

    • World Water Day 2015 March 20, 2015

      Celebrate World Water Day with IWMI’s success stories in an interactive map to reflect on 30 years of work across Africa and Asia.

    • The Effluent Society March 20, 2015

      Can cities transform wastewater into an asset?

    • New weather stations could help Sri Lanka predict and prepare for weather extremes March 18, 2015

      Extreme and sudden weather variations in Sri Lanka make it difficult to accurately predict natural hazards like floods and landslides. But a low-cost and portable weather station, recently designed by IWMI, could raise the alarm before these events occur, significantly reducing the destruction and loss of life.

      This new device, known simply as a Mobile Weather ...

    • Measurements for a virtual world or reality? March 18, 2015

      ‘Water productivity’ and ‘water footprints’ have become mainstream. How can they really help?

    • Cheap and easily-buildable mobile weather stations being tested here March 16, 2015

      When the French scientist Dr. Yann Chemin during a visit to the southern Sri Lanka was trying to protect himself from “being cooked like a lobster,” with not a cloud above him, his app on the phone gave him quite a bewildering weather report.

      “I was baffled as to how it could be cloudy and raining ...

    • Sri Lankan phone to forecast rain March 16, 2015

      Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations to capture and transmit near real-time rainfall data.Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS), automatically.

      The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials – at US$250, they are far cheaper
      than ...

    • Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall March 16, 2015

      Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.

      Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are far ...

    • Heads or Tails March 9, 2015

      How Egyptian farmers are adapting to water scarcity up and down a canal.

    • International Women’s Day March 8, 2015

      Ganges women to bear the brunt of Climate Change

    • Lindha Langa marks International Women’s Day 2015 March 8, 2015

      To mark International Women’s Day 2015 Lindha Langa spoke to Badra Kamaladasa, who is a leading voice in the water sector.

    • Good groundwater management is key to Jaffna’s social and economic revival February 27, 2015

      A mix of options could provide Jaffna communities with a year-long supply of all the clean water they need.

    • Cleaning the Ganges February 24, 2015

      New effort to help nurse India’s most sacred river back to health.

    • Getting the better of bad weather February 23, 2015

      Why new devices could set alarm bells ringing in the rain.

    • Raising the stakes February 12, 2015

      Why fences, crop rotation and water storage mean one farmer is no longer losing the plot in Northern Ghana.

    • World Wetlands Day 2015 on 2 February focuses on the importance of wetlands February 2, 2015

      Thalangama wetland is a rich resource for people, fauna and flora alike.

    • Wetlands on the move February 2, 2015

      New map helps scientists track the world’s watery landscapes

    • Building on three decades of research January 30, 2015

      IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird looks forward to 2015.

    • Pumping Up Trouble January 29, 2015

      Could overuse of groundwater jeopardize Tamil Nadu’s Green Revolution?

    • Big benefits in small spaces January 28, 2015

      Bangladeshi women find profit in new methods of vegetable cultivation and cattle rearing.

    • Farming goes to town January 28, 2015

      Pay Drechsel, scientist at the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and co-author of the study, published in Environmental Research Letters in November, says urban and peri-urban agricultural areas worldwide are larger than the total area under rice cultivation in South Asia.

      The paper recognises a global ...

    • Water, food and energy security in the “Urban Millennium” January 21, 2015

      How do we ensure towns and cities are viable places to live?

    • Securing Water for Urban Farms January 12, 2015

      As most of us know, a great deal of our food travels long distances by planes, trains, trucks and ships before reaching our dinner plates.

      Even California – the fruit, nut and vegetable bowl of the United States – imports some of its asparagus from Peru, table grapes from Chile, Navel oranges from Australia, and tomatoes ...

    • Facing up to South Asia’s environmental arsenic January 9, 2015

      Report calls for more action to combat the region’s contamination challenge.

    • IWMI and partners train Sri Lanka’s flood managers to meet future disasters January 9, 2015

      (Colombo, 17 November 2014) – Disaster management agencies in Sri Lanka can now assess the likelihood of future floods with up-to-the-minute data from space. This will enable them to plan relief and rehabilitation efforts in advance, and reduce the impact on lives and property. The workshop and capacity building program, Earth observation technologies for flood-risk ...

    • IWMI hydrologist recognized with President’s Award January 8, 2015

      Lal Muthuwatta, hydrologist and mathematical modeler at IWMI, received the President’s award for a journal article on his research in a river basin in Iran.

    • Technology alone is not a silver bullet December 16, 2014

      Storing water could help rural communities in Nepal, if socioeconomic factors are addressed.

    • 90% of surface water in Tamil Nadu is exploited, says expert December 15, 2014

      Nearly 90 per cent of surface water in Tamil Nadu had been exploited, said B.J. Pandian, Director of Water Technology Centre at Agriculture College and Research Institute (ACRI), Madurai, on Tuesday.

      Speaking at a workshop on ‘Agriculture and irrigation,’ conducted by Water Technology Centre of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU), Coimbatore, and the ACRI, ...

    • How solar irrigation pumps meant to help Indian farmers end up hurting the environment December 11, 2014

      Farmers, who so far have had to depend on undependable electricity supplied at night, will get full-voltage daytime power from solar panels and will extract more water and at a faster clip. State governments are not paying enough attention to this threat, worries Tushaar Shah, senior fellow at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo. ...

    • Can Myanmar achieve food security? December 11, 2014

      The need for targeted investments to reduce poverty and regain preeminent agricultural position in the region.

    • Resilience to climate change need of the hour November 14, 2014

      CWC chairman says climate change impacts agrarian economies more than others. Secretary-General of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage C. Avinash Tyagi said the only way out for the country was to adapt to climate change.

      Concerns over climate change, global warming and reduced availability of water are concerns that impact agrarian economies ...

    • Urban farming covers an area the size of Europe, more growth needed – study November 14, 2014

      ROME, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – City dwellers are growing their own food on a much greater scale than previously thought, farming an area the size of the European Union, according to the first comprehensive study on the global scale of urban agriculture.

      Most of the land – ...

    • 40 Percent Of The World’s Cropland Is In Or Near Cities November 14, 2014

      Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms.

      But just how much of the world’s cropland can we really call urban? That’s been a big mystery.

      Now, a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters has an answer: Somewhere around 1.1 billion acres is being cultivated ...

    • Farming on the doorstep November 13, 2014

      New study reveals scale of cropping in and around cities

    • Press Release: First Global Estimate of Urban Agriculture Reveals Area Size of the EU that’s Boosting Food Security in Cities November 13, 2014

      Study finds irrigation more common on city farms than rural farms, intensifying water demands in sprawling urban zones.