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rr167-pt Reviving the Ganges water machine: potential and challenges to meet increasing water demand in the Ganges River Basin (September 27, 2016) - (IWMI Research Report 167) Although the Ganges River Basin (GRB) has abundant water resources, the seasonal monsoon causes a mismatch in water supply and demand, which creates severe water-related challenges for the people living in the basin, the rapidly growing economy and the environment. Addressing these increasing challenges will depend on how people manage the
Agriculture on the banks of the Ganges river at Varanasi, India Turning a river into a machine (September 26, 2016) - The Ganges can be an engine for sustainable development.
government-and-iwmi-discuss-irrigation-plans-in-eastern-indian-states Government and IWMI discuss Irrigation Plans in Eastern Indian States (September 21, 2016) - Ways of improving the implementation of Indian Government’s flagship irrigation scheme called Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY)
Indus Basin Knowledge Platform Press Release: New Knowledge Platform on the Indus Basin (September 1, 2016) - The Indus Basin Knowledge Platform (IBKP), which seeks to improve access to information and supports decision making on critical basin challenges, is launched at World Water Week 2016.
IWMI-WetIn-Mobile-App-launch Flood forecasting application (WetIn App) launched in Abuja, Nigeria (September 1, 2016) - A preliminary version of a flood forecasting app, WetIn App, developed for the Niger and Benue Rivers, was launched recently.
Download Press Release Press Release: Uncovering and Confronting Global Groundwater Challenges (August 30, 2016) - A new initiative seeks to unite organizations to promote sustainable groundwater management.
huffingtonpost-jeremybird-hpt HuffingtonPost: A Plan for Protecting Our Hidden Water Supplies (August 30, 2016) - Jeremy Bird talks about colossal challenge to ensure that policies on groundwater translate into action and sustainable and equitable outcomes.
world-water-week-2016-hpt Join us at World Water Week 2016 (August 26, 2016) - IWMI staff are in Stockholm for World Water Week! Participate in seminars, side events and panel discussions with us during the week starting on Sunday 28th.
Close-up of water being pumped to irrigate fields in Nepal. The Global Crisis of Abstraction (August 26, 2016) - Building partnerships to sustain groundwater-based economies
theguradian-africa droughts prompt calls to start pumping untapped groundwater TheGuardian: Africa droughts prompt calls to start pumping untapped groundwater (August 25, 2016) - The Guardian recently published an article covering the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) co-led by IWMI.
Nigeria Govt Launches Smart Phone Allafrica.com: Nigeria Govt Launches Smart Phone APP for Flood Prediction (August 12, 2016) - The Federal Government yesterday in Abuja launched a smart phone application, "Wetin App", for flood forecasting along the Niger and Benue rivers.
rrr-9-pt Energy recovery from domestic and agro-waste streams in Uganda: a socioeconomic assessment (August 11, 2016) - Recovering energy from waste offers dual benefits – a) improved waste management, and b) provision of reliable energy to households, institutions and commercial entities. In this report, we present a socioeconomic assessment of three energy business models (briquette manufacturing, on-site (public toilet) energy generation, and agro-waste electricity generation) based on feasibility studies carried out in
Can our Weary World Keep Feeding Us HuffingtonPost: Can our Weary World Keep Feeding Us? (August 9, 2016) - IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird has published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post to mark Earth ‪Overshoot‬ Day.
Pumping groundwater with the energy generated from solar panels Call for participation in the India Media Dialogue on The Indus Basin – Challenges for Development (August 8, 2016) - A National Media Dialogue on “The Indus Basin – Challenges for Development” in New Delhi and Bhakra-Nangal.
Senior-Manager-Communications-and-Knowledge-Management Vacancy: Senior Manager–Communications and Knowledge Management (August 1, 2016) - Create and implement bold, innovative communications strategies aimed at building and strengthening communication for IWMI’s high-caliber research.
Senior-manager-Business-Development Vacancy: Senior Manager – Business Development (August 1, 2016) - Will be responsible for sourcing and screening of funding opportunities; overseeing and managing IWMI’s pipeline of proposals under submission and supporting the proposal development process.
global gender and environment outlook-hpt IWMI scientist contributes to global gender review (July 29, 2016) - IWMI’s Barbara van Koppen is a contributing author to the ‘Global Gender and Environment Outlook’ a first-of-its-kind publication by UNEP.
IWMI researchers visit Far West Nepal research sites-hpt IWMI researchers visit Far West Nepal research sites (July 29, 2016) - IWMI Nepal is conducting research for a project entitled ‘Watershed Hydrology Impact Monitoring Research’.
allafrica Allafrica Op-Ed piece captures the work of IWMI led GRIPP partnership (July 25, 2016) - Allafrica recently published an Op-Ed which captures the work of the IWMI led Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice
Smallholder irrigation taking root-2 Smallholder irrigation taking root (July 14, 2016) - USAID and Texas A&M team field visit to ILSSI sites in Ethiopia
Amenti Chali, LIVEs Regional Expert and Kassa Getu, Managing Director of KDG & Family with sacks of seedling growth medium (Photo: Desalegne Tadesse (IWMI)) A happy medium for Ethiopian tomatoes (July 14, 2016) - Locally produced compost bags could help market gardeners
Regional Conference on Risks and Solutions Regional Conference on Risks and Solutions (July 12, 2016) - Adaptation Frameworks for Water Resources Planning, Development and Management in South Asia
The Himalaya range near the China–India border Silent springs (July 11, 2016) - Saving the vanishing Himalayan spring waters.
L to R) H. M. Goonetileke (Secretary General Planters Association); Johannes Paul (IWMI) and Chariman of the Galle Planters Association, Mr. G. Ratnayake Reaching out to stakeholders to join efforts of developing soil rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (July 4, 2016) - Following the launch of the BMZ funded research project in Sri Lanka‚ IWMI supported two activities of relevant project stakeholders.
Initiating research and capacity-building for soil rehabilitation in South Asia (July 4, 2016) - IWMI hosted a stakeholder meeting to inform about the ongoing BMZ funded research project on “Research and capacity-building for soil rehabilitation”
vacancy-deputy-director-general-june-17-b1 Vacancy: Deputy Director General (Research for Development) (July 1, 2016) - The Deputy Director General (Research for Development) will drive the science agenda within IWMI to address global development challenges for water security and natural resource management.
Photo: Indiawaterportal.org on Flickr Informing Change in the Indus Basin (ICIB) (July 1, 2016) - Opportunities for journalists to report on the most pressing environmental and development problems in the Indus basin.
newsweek-climate Newsweek.com: Surviving Climate Change in Southeast Asia will Require New and Ancient Technologies (June 29, 2016) - Keo Yeun nods at the two metal rods, then at a small hole nearby, full of brown water. “It’s not magic,” he says, shrugging. “I’m experimenting with water, to survive.”
breaking_asia Project-Syndicate.org: Breaking Asia’s Data Drought (June 29, 2016) - Many parts of Asia have been gripped by searing temperatures and the worst drought in decades. Millions of people face shortages of food or water, leading to the loss of lives, livelihoods, crops, and livestock.
rrr-10-pt Testing the implementation potential of resource recovery and reuse business models: from baseline surveys to feasibility studies and business plans (June 28, 2016) - This report presents a detailed methodological framework that can be used for the feasibility assessment of Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) business models in the context of developing countries. Its purpose is to support public and private sectors as well as investors in determining the potential viability of RRR in a particular location and context.
sawas_call_for_papers CALL FOR PAPERS: South Asian Water Studies Special Issue on ‘Water Justice, Gender, and Disability’ (June 21, 2016) - South Asian Water Studies (SAWAS), an open access journal, has issued a call for papers for a special issue on ‘Water justice, Gender and Disability.'
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2016-hpt World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2016 (June 17, 2016) - View our photo essay exploring how IWMI research contributes to soil conservation and the restoration of degraded land in Africa and Asia.
indus_conf Conference on Climate and Environment Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters (June 15, 2016) - An International Conference on “Climate and Environment Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters” was held from 16 to 19 February 2016 at ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal, organized jointly by World Bank, IWMI and ICIMOD.
sus-d- Sustainable development in the Eastern Nile (June 9, 2016) - Investments in land and water are critical
Batticaloa Collage Celebrating World Environment Day 2016 in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka (June 7, 2016) - IWMI assisted UNOPS with the planning of the Agri Exhibition and Fair and also had a publications booth at the exhibition.
World Environment Day 2016 World Environment Day (June 4, 2016) - Sponge Cities: How to break the cycle of wasted waste
Working Paper 169 Methods to investigate the hydrology of the Himalayan springs: a review (June 2, 2016) - This paper reviews the methods to investigate the flow rates of springs in small mountainous watersheds within the Himalayan region.
Smarter irrigation can help avert water crises Press Release: Smarter irrigation can help avert water crises (June 2, 2016) - To ensure Har Khet Ko Pani, GoI should emulate irrigation policies followed by Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, say researchers.
co-composting-hpt Co-composting: New take on traditional technology for better soils and sanitation (May 25, 2016) - A recently published paper proposes co-composting as a relevant option for enhancing waste management in developing countries.
tana Future proofing the Tana Basin (May 22, 2016) - Smart planning can ensure a sustainable future for Kenya’s longest river.
International Day for Biological Diversity 2016-hpt International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 (May 22, 2016) - Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods
Agrarian change Anthro.ox.ac.uk: Agrarian change, climate stress and shifting class relations in the Nepal-Bihar borderlands (May 20, 2016) - Dr Fraser Sugden is a Kathmandu-based social scientist at the International Water Management Institute. He has been conducting in-depth rural research on agrarian issues in the Eastern Gangetic Plains of the Nepal Tarai, Bihar and West Bengal for the last 10 years.
IWMI responds to floods in Sri Lanka-hpt IWMI responds to floods in Sri Lanka (May 18, 2016) - New flood assessment bulletin and flood maps available.
Learning to live with the devil treer-hpt Learning to live with the devil tree (May 16, 2016) - Invasive species in Tamil Nadu threatens irrigation but could be a valuable resource.
Managing water for food security and economic development in Nepal-hpt Managing water for food security and economic development in Nepal (May 16, 2016) - High level policy dialogue organized by IWMI.
IWC8-1 IWMI at the IWC8 Conference held in Sri Lanka (May 16, 2016) - The event convened representatives from over 80 countries to tackle some of the most pressing water issues on the planet.
sri-lankan-president-inspecting-iwmi-project-site-hpt Sri Lankan President visits IWMI project site (May 12, 2016) - Hon. Maithripala Sirisena studies options for recycling waste into fertilizer.
wor165 IWMI Working Paper – 165: Baseline review and ecosystem services assessment of the Tana River Basin, Kenya. (May 11, 2016) - The ‘WISE-UP to climate’ project aims to demonstrate the value of natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Within the Tana River Basin, both natural and built infrastructure provide livelihood benefits for people. Understanding the interrelationships between the two types of infrastructure is a prerequisite for sustainable water resources
wor166 IWMI Working Paper – 166: Water resources assessment of the Volta River Basin. (May 11, 2016) - The ‘WISE-UP to climate’ project aims to demonstrate the value of natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Within the Volta River Basin, both natural and built infrastructure provide livelihood benefits for people. Understanding the interrelationships between the two types of infrastructure is a prerequisite for sustainable water resources
Certificate of Appreciation-600 Press Release: World’s First Solar Irrigation Cooperative Receives Award (May 9, 2016) - Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt Anandiben Patel awarded a certificate of appreciation to the Dhundi Saur Urja Utpadak Sahakari Mandali (DSUUSM).
weather_station-group-2 IWMI hosts launch workshop of the project on ‘Open-source mobile weather stations’ (May 6, 2016) - IWMI organized a workshop to bring a community of professionals who have been using mobile weather stations for managing natural disasters.
managing the monsoon-hpt Managing the monsoon (May 5, 2016) - Holes in the ground can protect crops from flooding, so why don’t more Indian farmers use them?
Wastewater Irrigation in Karnataka-hpt Wastewater Irrigation in Karnataka (May 4, 2016) - Untreated wastewater often carries pathogens and other dangerous toxins, but many farmers continue to use this water for irrigation because it is the only source available to them.
Yann Chemin and Lahiru Wijesinghe installing a weather station in the Nachchaduwa catchment Press Release: DIY weather stations will aid flood control efforts (May 4, 2016) - New mobile connected device can transform data collection say experts.
rr166 IWMI Research Report – 166 Evaluating the flow regulating effects of ecosystems in the Mekong and Volta river basins (May 4, 2016) - By altering evapotranspiration and influencing how water is routed and stored in a basin, natural and agrarian ecosystems affect river flow. To quantify the impact of ecosystems on streamflow in two large river basins in Asia and Africa, simple statistical relationships were calculated, enabling flow characteristics to be ascertained from basic catchment features. This approach
rr165 IWMI Research Report – 165: Controlling floods and droughts through underground storage: from concept to pilot implementation in the Ganges River Basin. (May 4, 2016) - The concept of ‘Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation’ (UTFI) is introduced as an approach for co-managing floods and droughts at the river basin scale. UTFI involves strategic recharge of aquifers upstream during periods of high flow, thereby preventing local and downstream flooding, and simultaneously providing additional groundwater for irrigation during the dry season for
ckdu CNN.com: Thousands ill from mysterious kidney disease, but what’s the cause? (May 3, 2016) - "Increasingly, the finger is being pointed at water," said Herath Manthrithilake, head of Sri Lanka programs at IWMI.
solar water pump-feature Solar water pumps boost household micro-irrigation (May 2, 2016) - The case of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley Region
Going with the flow-hpt Ebb and flow in the landscape (April 29, 2016) - Measuring how ecosystems regulate rivers.
floppy-irrigation-hpt Floppy irrigation flops in Limpopo (April 29, 2016) - Farmer empowerment is vital if new technologies are to help the poorest.
weather_station-1 Management requires measurement (April 25, 2016) - IWMI installs open source hardware mobile weather stations in Nachchaduwa to increase rainfall data availability and improve tank management.
solar Business-Standard.com: Gujarat govt mulls connecting farmers using solar powered pumps to grid (April 20, 2016) - As on date nearly 4,000 solar water pumps have been distributed to the farmers and all these are off grid and farmers are using surplus power for other purpose at their farms. The idea of connecting it to the grid, according to state government sources, is to provide an additional source of income to farmers.
leaking pipe-hpt $75 billion of water investments lost to corruption annually (April 19, 2016) - Mismanagement threatens SDGs, says new report.
At check dam-2 (003) IndiaTimes.com: As various parts of India witness one of the worst droughts, an above par monsoon is an imperative (April 18, 2016) - The current scenario in parts of the India are comparable to the drought of 2002, says Bharat Sharma, coordinator of the India programme at the International Water Management Institute. He adds that it is about time India improved the efficiency of water use. "We should decouple our economic growth from our water use."
farmers on the frontline blogs.worldbank.org: Farmers on the frontline (April 18, 2016) - In North Shewa, hundreds of kilometers to the north, farmers are waiting for the Belg (short) rains, this year disrupted by El Niño. The rains are already a month late.
ethiopias mountain communities face up to the future-htp Ethiopia’s mountain communities face up to the future (April 7, 2016) - Bale farmers turn to science help improve land management.
Learning how agricultural research can be more relevant to the poor blog.gfar.net: Learning how agricultural research can be more relevant to the poor (April 5, 2016) - The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) developed the Research in Development (RinD) approach to carry out Mode 2 research in five geographically-defined hubs in Bangladesh, Zambia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Solomon Islands.
Waterways help to build bridges ChinaDailyAsia.com: Waterways help to build bridges (April 1, 2016) - Asian nations are showing increasing willingness to share their water for a better future.
woman watering crop-hpt Dealing with land loss in Laos (March 30, 2016) - Why some farmers thrive and others fail.
Water valve - ghana Dry-season farming (March 24, 2016) - A great opportunity to transform the economy of northern Ghana.
World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth Sustainable job creation tops water agenda (March 24, 2016) - World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth .
sustainable job creation tops water agenda Press Release: Sustainable job creation tops water agenda (March 24, 2016) - World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth.
dams_increase_risk_of_malaria News.VideoNews.us: Dams increase risk of malaria infections in Kenya (March 24, 2016) - The study conducted by researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) correlates malaria infections with the location of dams in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
we_are_fast_running_out_of_water TheHinduBusinessline.com: We’re fast running out of water (March 24, 2016) - In this regard the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) suggests that a mix of storage options, including aquifer recharge, restoring natural wetlands, enhancing soil moisture and small ponds and tanks would complement reservoir storage to increase water availability.
world-water-day-2016-hpt Celebrating World Water Day 2016 (March 22, 2016) - Better water, better jobs.
World Water Day: Water and Jobs World Water Day 2016: Water and Jobs (March 22, 2016) - Can floods be turned into jobs?
Woman irrigating crops - Laos-hpt World Water Day 2016: Better water, better jobs (March 22, 2016) - What is the link between jobs and water?
The Janakpur  - Jayanagar railway Migration, water and the trajectory of rural change in South Asia (March 21, 2016) - In large parts of South Asia, a majority of families pursue a dual livelihood strategy, depending on both farming and migrant wage work.

Fraser Sugden
Tushaar Shah speaks to Members of Indian Parliament-hpt Tushaar Shah speaks to Members of Indian Parliament (March 16, 2016) - Tushaar Shah made a presentation to a group of 26 Members of Indian Parliament on the central government's core irrigation scheme.
iwmi_press_mou_2016 Press Release: New agreement boosts drive to more sustainable agriculture (March 11, 2016) - A new agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and IWMI will help develop initiatives to improve waste-derived compost using nutrient enrichment and pelletizing technologies.
Download discussion summary Indus journalists gather in Nepal (March 10, 2016) - To mark the inaugural partners meeting of the Informing Change in the Indus Basin program IWMI together with thirdpole.net and ICIMOD convened a media dialogue.
How a water system may empower women in Nepal-hpt International Women’s Day: How a water system may empower women in Nepal (March 8, 2016) - What does gender have to do with agricultural water management?
Village mapping with a group of women of Sanogao (photo credit: Dhana Rawl, SAPPROS) Women, empowerment and the SDG targets (March 8, 2016) - Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment has featured prominently in development discourse for the last two decades and today comprises one of the sustainable development goals.

Floriane Clement
An illiterate woman helps draw a resource map of the village of Tiltali in Doti, Far Western Nepal. She is heading a women’s groups and is one of a few female farmers who grow vegetables. She considers only one of her daughter-in-laws - the one who is submissive to her and fulfills household chores - good, while the other is too outspoken and left the village for a better education. Photo Credit: Stephanie Leder/IWMI. Empowering Women for 50-50 (March 8, 2016) - International Women’s Day 2016 “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”

Stephanie Leder
international womens day 2016-hpt International Women’s Day 2016 (March 8, 2016) - Understanding the different perspectives of men and women can help deliver more equitable water access
ecma Capacity development: The next generation of natural resources managers (March 1, 2016) - Capacity building both for the local community and partner institutions, including universities, is one of IWMI’s core activities.
Exploring underground-hpt Exploring underground…by helicopter (February 25, 2016) - Mapping groundwater from the air in Southern Africa.
improved_irrigation Scidev.net: Improved irrigation backed to halve food gap (February 25, 2016) - Peter McCornick, deputy director-general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, who was not involved in the research, says: “The message I would take from this [paper] is that with improved water management, it’s theoretically possible to increase food production without expanding the area of land being farmed.”
irrigation-for-the-nation-hpt Irrigation for the nation (February 23, 2016) - How one Indian state is leading the way on farm water supply.
The village pond now provides water to vegetable gardens in Ban Phailom in Laos during dry season when water can become scarce. Photo: G. Lacombe/IWMI Resource sharing for dry season crops: a tale of the village pond (February 23, 2016) - A village pond could provide the people of Ban Phailom in Laos with the much-needed water for their vegetables during the dry season but resource access is a serious concern. How were they able to sort out the problem?
Groups were able to share the costs of land preparation Tenant collectives in North Bihar (February 17, 2016) - A new model for bottom up irrigation and land management for marginal women farmers.

Dr Fraser Sugden, IWMI Nepal
Chips are down for Central Asias potatoes-hpt Chips are down for Central Asia’s potatoes (February 11, 2016) - Improving yields needs to take into account water supplies
Irrigated Africa and Asia-hpt Irrigated Africa and Asia (February 5, 2016) - New map is most detailed to date.
UTFI-on-national-tv UTFI on National Television (February 5, 2016) - DD Kisan’s Gao India program featured Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI) project which was aired on 17th November 2015 on the national channel.
Wetlands Day 2016 Sustainable Livelihoods-hpt World Wetlands Day 2016: Sustainable Livelihoods (February 2, 2016) - One wetland, many uses: looking out on Anawilundawa lake
Fishing boats raise their sails in Negombo lagoon-hpt World Wetlands Day 2016 (February 2, 2016) - Fishing for the future? Conserving our wetlands in an urbanizing world.
Farmer in a farm field-Neil Palmer-IWMI-2 India’s Climate Challenge (January 25, 2016) - Innovation in water-use can build community resilience
vegetables-thumb It may look tasty, but is it safe to eat? (January 25, 2016) - How consumer perceptions of food quality may overlook risks.
Working group participants Satellite imaging and disaster management experts gather in Colombo (January 20, 2016) - Experts from across Asia will discuss how the next generation of satellite based technologies can help improve disaster preparedness and response
media-release-20160119 Press Release: Satellite imaging and disaster management experts gather in Colombo (January 20, 2016) - Experts from across Asia gathered to discuss how the next generation of satellite based technologies could help improve disaster preparedness and response at a three-day meeting in Mount Lavinia.
SDG 6 Measured mutuality (January 19, 2016) - The SDG indicators for water cooperation.
shallow groundwater Allafrica.com: Shallow Groundwater Poses Pollution Problem for Africa (January 13, 2016) - Regions along the Gulf of Guinea are at highest risk of groundwater pollution on the continent, according to a map drawn by researchers at the Université Catholique de Louvain's Earth and Life Institute in Belgium. Much of Central Africa and some coastal lands in northwest Africa are also vulnerable, the map shows.
combined effort Island.lk: Combined effort to conserve Sri Lanka’s largest natural fresh water lake (January 13, 2016) - Sampath Bank, a responsible corporate citizen in the country,reiterated its commitment towards a sustainable greener tomorrow for Sri Lanka with the initiation of the Bolgoda Wetland Complex Conservation Project.
Jeremy-Bird-2016-Water resources and environment conference Water resources and environment conference (January 8, 2016) - Jeremy Bird highlights the importance of the water-food-energy nexus approach.
wor168 IWMI Working Paper – 168: Measuring transboundary water cooperation: learning from the past to inform the sustainable development goals (December 22, 2015) - Water cooperation has received prominent focus in the post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While proposals for measuring water cooperation appear to be converging toward a small set of indicators, the degree to which these proposed indicators draw on past work is unclear. This paper mines relevant past work to generate guidance for monitoring
wor167 IWMI Working Paper – 167: Review of hydro-economic models to address river basin management problems: structure, applications and research gaps (December 22, 2015) - Efficient use of water resources is gaining priority in global development policy debates due to the increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry, energy production and ecosystem services. This study systematically reviews the recent hydro-economic modeling (HEM) literature to characterize the relevance of HEM tools for analyzing problems of water resources planning and management. The
bundelkhand_drought_2015_media1-small New monitoring system maps Bundelkhand drought (December 18, 2015) - The Central Indian region of Bundelkhand is currently experiencing severe drought.
bundelkhand_drought_2015_media1-feature Bundelkhand droughts becoming more frequent (December 17, 2015) - (NEW DELHI. 17 December 2015) The severe drought in Bundelkhand is likely to become a more regular occurrence according to scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Records show that the area, straddling the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh near Jhansi, experienced seven droughts in the last decade. This compares with a
Is small beautiful for Africas farmers-hpt2 Is small beautiful for Africa’s farmers? (December 14, 2015) - How local solutions to water access could deliver sustainable growth.
Facing up to the future-hpt Facing up to the future (December 8, 2015) - Water for agriculture in an era of climate uncertainty.
Chennai floods-hpt South India Floods (December 4, 2015) - IWMI maps to aid emergency response.
Jeremy Bird handed over the UAV data to Mr Palitha Udayakantha-hpt IWMI hands over UAV data to Survey Department of Sri Lanka (December 2, 2015) - IWMI UAV creates ultrahigh resolution aerial data capable of generating High-Resolution DEM of the Badulla town.
Winners all the way-hpt Winners all the way (November 27, 2015) - Two IWMI inspired entrepreneurs recently won awards for their product at the awards ceremony of Techno Sri Lanka 2015.
migration matters Migration Matters (November 26, 2015) - The link between water management and labor movement in South Asia
nation-com-pk-water-experts Nation.com.pk: Water experts, economists stress need of converting water resources into a competitive advantage (November 20, 2015) - Water Experts and Economists have emphasized the need of converting the water resources of Pakistan into a competitive advantage for the national economy for growth, employment generation, rural poverty alleviation and prosperity for the masses.
World-Toildet-Day-2015-hpt World Toilet Day (November 19, 2015) - From pit to product: how to deal with untreated toilet waste
floods Mapping floods in South East Asia (November 12, 2015) - Online tool expands to cover Mekong Basin.
pond comes TheHindu.com: Pond comes to the rescue of farmers (November 9, 2015) - Four blocks out of six in Rampur district are “dark zones,” which means there is overexploitation of groundwater.
IWMI at INWEFP IWMI at the INWEPF Symposium 2015 (November 6, 2015) - The 12th Steering meeting and INWEPF Symposium 2015 was held in Negombo, Sri Lanka on November 3-5.
TropiLakes-1 TropiLakes: views and opinions (November 6, 2015) - The event included field visits to IWMI research sites under the LIVES project in Koga and ILSSI project Robit in the Amhara region of Northern Ethiopia.
Veg and the City-hpt Veg and the City (November 6, 2015) - How urban farming can save water and feed millions.
Gender Water and Big Data Workshop ‘Gender, Agricultural Water and Big Data’ on the table (November 4, 2015) - Some 30 attendees from 20 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, USA and South America discussed gender, water and data issues from a specific agricultural water management angle.
ganga Press Release: Ganga floodwater to be stored underground (November 2, 2015) - A new initiative launched in Uttar Pradesh could revolutionize flood management while at the same time boost groundwater stocks for dry season irrigation.
Syr Darya River Floodplain - Kazakhstan, Central Asia Cooperation may trump conflict on Central Asia’s Rivers (October 30, 2015) - New database reveals large numbers of sub-basin scale agreements
rr164 IWMI Research Report – 164: Integrated Assessment of Groundwater Use for Improving Livelihoods in the Dry Zone of Myanmar (October 26, 2015) - In the Dry Zone of Myanmar, improved access to water is widely acknowledged as being vital for livelihood enhancement and the general well-being of around 10 million people, most of whom depend on agriculture. Thus, expanding the sustainable use of groundwater is of great importance for socioeconomic development. According to this study, opportunities for accessing
jb_mekong_mou IWMI signs MoU with the Asian International Rivers Center (October 23, 2015) - The MoU formalizes collaboration between the AIRC and the CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems.
world_food_day_16 World Food Day (October 16, 2015) - The theme for this year’s World Food Day 2015, on 16 October, is Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.
Pay Drechsel Pay Drechsel wins 2015 IWA Development Award (October 16, 2015) - Scientist honored for work on wastewater and resource re-use in agriculture.
iwmi_press_release_drechsel_award Press Release: Pay Drechsel wins 2015 IWA Development Award (October 16, 2015) - Drechsel’s research has played an important role in developing options for safe wastewater use in countries where treatment capacities are low and informal wastewater irrigation is common.
Anuruddha and Thilina with their mobile weather station IWMI lights up the path for two young entrepreneurs (October 14, 2015) - Inspired by a mobile weather station project led by IWMI’s Yann Chemin, two young research engineers from Sri Lanka have developed their own version of the device.
indias_climate_tech TheGuardian.com: India’s climate tech revolution is starting in its villages (October 13, 2015) - From solar powered irrigation to handheld crop sensors, climate-smart villages are springing up across Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and other states.
wfd2015-672x447 Alan Nicol on social protection and water (October 9, 2015) - Alan Nicol, Gender Governance and Institutions Theme Leader, answers some questions about social protection and water for World Food Day 2015 during a live Periscope session which was broadcast at 10am IST on October 9th 2015. View the video here.
ggpblog-Women watering crops in Ghana - Joe Ronzio Found! Water on Mars! But the real challenges are more down to Earth… (October 9, 2015) - This blog captures critical knowledge and action stemming from our work, the work of those we partner with and deriving from events and occasions we believe should be marked because of their global significance to water management.

Alan Nicol
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wor163-hpt IWMI Working Paper – 163: Characteristics of urban and peri-urban agriculture in West Africa: results of an exploratory survey conducted in Tamale (Ghana) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) (October 8, 2015) - Agriculture is a long-standing feature of urban and peri-urban West Africa. The technical, environmental, social and political implications of urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) have been researched throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Such work starts with description (Rakodi 1988; Lee-Smith 2013), and moves through valorization of UPA’s environmental and social benefits (Smit
wor164 IWMI Working Paper – 164: Consumer perceptions of fruit and vegetable quality: certification and other options for safeguarding public health in West Africa. (October 8, 2015) - Urban areas in developing countries have many formal and informal food chains and face diverse food-quality and -safety challenges resulting from infrastructure (e.g., cold transport and storage) and institutional capacities (e.g., for monitoring of compliance with safety standards), and legislations in general might not be able to keep pace with the dynamics of urban food
press_release-new_maps_aid_flood Press Release: New maps aid flood relief efforts (October 7, 2015) - For the first time, maps have been prepared by a consortium consisting of IWMI, the Disaster Management Centre of the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM) and the UN’s space based information service for disaster management and emergency response (UN-SPIDER).
Flooding in Sri Lanka - 2015 Maps aid Sri Lankan flood relief (October 5, 2015) - Images show extent of inundation in real time
A pearl millet farmer with part of her harvest Farming to type (September 28, 2015) - A new way of categorizing farms can lead to improved sustainability.
improving_water_management Improving water management in Myanmar’s Dry Zone for food security, livelihoods and health (September 25, 2015) - This research study was initiated as part of the project: Sustainable management of water to improve food security and livelihoods in the Dry Zone of Myanmar.
drone_buss_over_sri_lanka AsianScientist.com: The Drone Buzz Over Sri Lankan Farms (September 25, 2015) - With a near infrared sensor on board, the eBee can help us or farmers identify stress in a crop ten days before it actually shows up physically
Dr Stephen Bygrave Can Sri Lanka be a zero emissions economy? The view from Down Under… (September 22, 2015) - An interview with Dr. Stephen Bygrave who is the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions visiting Sri Lanka to speak at the forum on Combating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.
the_drone_buzz SciDev.net: The drone buzz over Sri Lankan farms (September 21, 2015) - With a near infrared sensor on board, the eBee can help us or farmers identify stress in a crop 10 days before it actually shows up physically
wor163 IWMI Research Report – 163: Demonstrating Complexity with a Role-playing Simulation: Investing in Water in the Indrawati Subbasin, Nepal (September 21, 2015) - This report documents the use of a role-playing game to demonstrate the interaction between migration, social capital and the effectiveness of water storage.
The SDGs Open letter to the heads of state attending the 70th UN General Assembly, September 2015, New York (September 21, 2015) - Co-advancement of Agricultural and Natural Resource Management within the SDGs
dealing with the dry zone-hpt Dealing with the Dry Zone (September 18, 2015) - Improving water management in Myanmar
Millet farmer with mobile phone Sudan-600 Tending fields by text (September 17, 2015) - Mobile phones and satellite imaging are transforming farming in Sudan.
this-years-model-hpt This year’s model? (September 16, 2015) - Computer models of the world’s water systems need some new thinking
these_man_made_structures Inquisitr.com: These Man-Made Structures Lead To Millions Of Malaria Cases In Africa — What Now? (September 15, 2015) - It claims that almost two-thirds of the dams in the region are located in areas that are prone to malaria.
cnn_can dams CNN.com: Can dams increase the risk of malaria? (September 14, 2015) - Dams are important drivers of economic growth in Africa, but their construction has not been free of controversy.
African dams linked to ScienceDaily.com: African dams linked to over one million malaria cases annually (September 14, 2015) - New study urges future dam projects to consider better disease control measures
Africans Near Dams VoaNews.com: Study: Africans Near Dams 4 Times More Likely to Get Malaria (September 14, 2015) - The study also warned that with many new dams slated to be built in the region, malaria cases could rise by tens of thousands annually.
Malaria cases in Africa WashingtonPost.com: Malaria cases in Africa are soaring. Here’s the surprising reason why. (September 14, 2015) - But all that development has come at a cost: A huge surge in malaria cases.
Researchers link African dams OutBreakNewsToday.com: Researchers link African dams to malaria, predict new construction will lead to more disease (September 14, 2015) - For decades there has been a demonstrable connection between dams in Africa and an increase in the parasitic disease, schistosomiasis.
african_dams_linked EurekAlert.org: African dams linked to over 1 million malaria cases annually (September 11, 2015) - New study urges future dam projects to consider better disease control measures
Anopheles mosquito. Photo: Wikipedia Malaria link to African dams (September 11, 2015) - New study urges improved control measures
New dam on the Tekeze river in Ethiopia - Mathew McCartney Press Release: African dams linked to over one million malaria cases annually (September 11, 2015) - New study urges future dam projects to consider better disease control measures
A flower farm employee packs roses, which will be sold to lucrative markets in Europe and North America. Moderate temperatures and a high number of sunny days make this area ideal for growing roses. Postcards from Ethiopia (September 10, 2015) - Four stories reflecting on IWMI’s science, and how local farmers are adapting to unique water resource challenges.
Guadenew Zerihun, consultant explaining the operation of device in Koga Not so quiet on the wetting front (September 9, 2015) - A new irrigation technology is helping Ethiopian farmers assess crop water requirements
GIS specialist Ranjith Alankara with the IWMI drone for a test flight near Colombo, Sri Lanka-600 Elevated learning (September 2, 2015) - eBee UAV creates a buzz with IWMI scientists.
Photo credit: Tom van Cakenberghe Playing with policies (August 26, 2015) - Can role-playing support better water management in Nepal?
View the new WLE website WLE launches revamped website (August 24, 2015) - The CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems (WLE), which is led by IWMI, has launched its new revamped website.
World Water Week 2015 World Water Week 2015 (August 21, 2015) - Join IWMI staff during world water week to discuss the latest issues surrounding water for development.
moving-beyond-boundaries-hpt Moving beyond boundaries (August 19, 2015) - New training manual supports groundwater management across African borders.
Livestock pond in the Thuvavi village - Hamish John Appelby / IWMI Taking stock of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide (August 18, 2015) - Pioneering studies will help policymakers tackle the big issues.
Main Canal from Siya Dam to Manjinenji Dam. Photo: David Brazier/IWMI Irrigation development in Southern Africa (August 12, 2015) - Moving in the right direction, but still room for improvement.
press release-Space technology to help develop flood insurance for Indias farmers Press Release: Space technology to help develop flood insurance for India’s farmers (August 1, 2015) - Experts meet in Patna to discuss new initiative that could “future‐proof” one million smallholders.
Kandy City Centre IWMI concludes public showing of ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ touring exhibition (July 28, 2015) - It was a successful two-month-long run in several key cities around the country.
Soil erosion in Ethiopia Dirt cheap? (July 15, 2015) - Ethiopia’s farmers pay a high price for soil erosion.
Biodiversity Information System - India New maps have India covered (July 1, 2015) - Satellite scans of vegetation show changes to the sub-continent’s land-use.
IWMI Annual Report 2014 IWMI Annual Report 2014 (June 26, 2015) - Our latest annual report is published as an online version as well as a downloadable summary.
Groundwater access in Nepal - NP-CIAT Groundwater access in Nepal (June 22, 2015) - Under rural feudalism in Nepal, tenants are getting the short end of the stick.
National Geographic: Solar Electricity Buybacks May Reduce Groundwater Depletion in India NationalGeographic.com: Solar Electricity Buybacks May Reduce Groundwater Depletion in India (June 22, 2015) - It’s hard to find solutions that confront water depletion, climate change and rural poverty all at once, but an innovative scheme being piloted in the Indian state of Gujarat does just that.
Think we should make a wild guess at that? Ananda College wins IWMI World Environment Day gold trophy (June 18, 2015) - The IWMI - hosted ‘Water and the Environment’ junior quiz took place on 6th June 2015 at IWMI headquarters in Battaramulla.
Photo credit: Hamish John Appelby Half empty or half full? (June 17, 2015) - Map shows groundwater irrigation potential in Africa.
Gujarat farmer earns Rs 5 per unit for selling solar power produced in his farm IndianExpress: Gujarat farmer earns Rs 5 per unit for selling solar power produced in his farm (June 15, 2015) - Raman Parmar was handed over a cheque of Rs 7500 for the 1500 units of surplus power that was produced in his farm.
LL-FAOWomen working in Pallaikulam Poonagari Kili FAO gives new lease of life to villagers in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu (June 13, 2015) - The new emphasis on water security is paying dividends.
Payday for India’s first ever “sunshine farmer” Payday for India’s first ever “sunshine farmer” (June 12, 2015) - Scheme could protect water reserves, boost incomes and guard against climate change.
Planting trees in Balana to mark World Environment Day SLWP celebrates World Environment Day with tree planting campaigns (June 10, 2015) - The Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) celebrated World Environment Day 2015 on Friday 5 June with a tree planting ceremony at the Biodiversity Study Park.
thehindu-move_to_notify_egree_region_as_ramsar_site_hangs_fire Thehindu.com: Move to notify EGREE region as Ramsar site hangs fire (June 8, 2015) - A proposal to notify the East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE), a wetland mosaic landscape consisting of 44 high-impacting fishing villages encompassing the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, as a Ramsar site has been pending with the Forest Department for quite some time. Coringa is the second largest mangrove in India after the Sundarbans in West Bengal
Photo: Hillside exclosures in in the Gomit watershed of the Amhara regional state, Ethiopia. Wolde Mekuria Bori Reversing the clock (June 4, 2015) - Ethiopian communities attempt to save biodiversity and livelihoods.
LL-DEtrophy IWMI to host junior quiz to mark World Environment Day 2015 (May 29, 2015) - The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of water and the environment for sustaining life.
mp_lessons_for_bumper_agricultural_growth FinancialExpress.com: MP lessons for bumper agricultural growth (May 22, 2015) - The spate of recent farmer suicides has once again drawn the country’s attention to the deepening agrarian crisis. Media is abuzz with opinions and expert advice on how to provide succour to the farming community. Oft-repeated among these is the demand to increase public investment in irrigation. However, we need to remember that, since 1990,
Azraq Oasis. Photo: Alex Brey on Flickr International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22, 2015) - Biodiversity and groundwater: the hidden link?
Paul - drip Achieving water sustainability in Jaffna (May 15, 2015) - Several strategies are proposed to ensure the sustainability of Jaffna’s vital groundwater resources, the peninsula's only reliable source of fresh water.
Hamish John Appleby/IWMI Boosting Water Management in Sri Lanka (May 7, 2015) - Hi-tech system aims to enhance monitoring of the country’s water resources.
A woman tends to crops. She belongs to a self-sustaining women's cooperative which has helped her and many others build a secure livelihood through funding small scale agricultural projects. Ethiopia homes in on household irrigation (May 7, 2015) - Ambitious strategy aims to improve the lives of millions
getting that real time flow-hpt Getting that ‘real time’ flow (May 7, 2015) - A better way to collect, send and share water information in Pakistan.
water_guzzling_beverage Livemint.com: Water guzzling beverage firms are trying to give it back (May 6, 2015) - Water has moved to the top of the business risk agenda, according to an April PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, and at the current pace of water consumption, the overall demand for water is expected to increase by 55% globally by 2050, with industrial demand increasing fivefold. Beverage companies, which are criticized by environmental activists for their
Yoshiaki Inada 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-hpt Coffee with a splash of green (April 20, 2015) - In Vietnam, saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitable.
Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT Global Soil Week 2015 (April 19, 2015) - How smarter fertilizer and water use can help sustain our soils.
LL-30 featured image 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.
netting 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
Water-Smart-Agriculture-Sourcebook-2015 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 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.
IWMI Working Paper – 162: Review paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa: lessons learned and the potential of improved water management (April 2, 2015) - The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the available knowledge and lessons learned from past experiences in promoting kitchen or home gardens for food production, with a special emphasis on water management. The benefits of home gardens for better family nutrition, health status of children and mothers, and as an entry point for empowering
harvestinf_solar_riches 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
Photo: Purple Onion by Tom Woodward The rise and fall of Onion Land? (April 1, 2015) - Irrigation has proved profitable in Ethiopia, but unsustainable use could burst the bubble.
thechicagocouncil 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.
asia_develops_cheap_rainfall_forcasting_device 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
south_asia_running_out_of_groundwater South Asia running out of groundwater (March 27, 2015) - [NEW DELHI] 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
sl_develops_cheep_rainfall 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
Back-to-the-grassroots-hpt 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.
The IWMI greenhouse grows cabbage and spinach using different compositions of compost and pellets. Addressing the challenge of solid waste (March 24, 2015) - Channeling biodegradable waste into compost to reduce environmental pollution.
LL-WWD205Neil Palmer_IWMI Happy World Water Day 2015! (March 22, 2015) - See how IWMI is marking World Water Day this year.
World-Water-Day-2015-fb 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.
Photo credit: Neil Palmer (IWMI) The Effluent Society (March 20, 2015) - Can cities transform wastewater into an asset?
LL- Yann1 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
Photo by Natesh Ramasamy on Flickr Creative Commons 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 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
phone_to_forecast_rain 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
SciDev-SA-mobile-weather-stations 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
Managing water and fertilizer for sustainable agricultural intensification-lg Managing water and fertilizer for sustainable agricultural intensification (March 11, 2015) - This book is a timely contribution as it cuts across the water and fertilizer sectors and summarizes the state-of-the-art knowledge on plant nutrition and water management and the challenges we face in achieving the food security component of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI Heads or Tails (March 9, 2015) - How Egyptian farmers are adapting to water scarcity up and down a canal.
Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) International Women’s Day (March 8, 2015) - Ganges women to bear the brunt of Climate Change
badra-featured image 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.
LL-pumping groundwater for irrigation in Jaffna 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-hpt2 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.
wor159 IWMI Working Paper – 159: A framework to Understand Gender and Structural Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Ganges River Basin: Lessons from Bangladesh, India and Nepal (February 18, 2015) - As climate change becomes accepted as a reality in the scientific community, it is critical to continue to understand its impact on the ground, particularly for communities dependent on agriculture and natural resources. This report reviews the extensive literature on the vulnerability to climate change in South Asia, with a focus on gender. It highlights how vulnerability
One of Abdullah’s daughters takes a drink of water from a clay water storage jar. The donkey cart and drums used for transporting water to the house stand behind her. 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.
rr161 IWMI Research Report – 161: Is ‘Social Cooperation’ for traditional irrigation, while ‘Technology’ is for motor pump irrigation? (February 11, 2015) - Based on a case study in Ethiopia, this paper shows that while farmers understand the social nature of community-managed irrigation, they share a narrow understanding of pump irrigation with policymakers as being primarily ‘technical’. They perceive pumps as liberating them from the ‘social’ limitations of traditional communal irrigation. However, the rapid expansion of pump irrigation
rr160 IWMI Research Report – 160: Understanding farmers’ adaptation to water scarcity: a case study from the western Nile Delta, Egypt (February 11, 2015) - This study was undertaken to analyze farmers’ adaption to water scarcity in the command area of a secondary canal in the Nile Delta of Egypt. The results revealed that farmers’ responses were driven by a multiplicity of factors, beyond water scarcity or profit maximization. These additional factors include food security of the family, risk management,
IWMI Working Paper – 161: Extent of Arsenic Contamination and Its Impact on the Food Chain and Human Health in the Eastern Ganges Basin: A Review (February 11, 2015) - Exposure to arsenic and the use of arsenic-contaminated groundwater in agriculture causes serious health issues. Complete or partial contamination of groundwater is reported worldwide, especially in the Eastern Gangetic Basin (EGB). This study aims to create an overall assessment of arsenic contamination in the EGB based on existing literature, demarcate the extent of the affected
Koshi river - Photo: Mark Kelly (Flickr) New study shows how climate change will impact water availability in Koshi river basin (February 9, 2015) - There is a dearth of scientific information on climate and hydrology for the Himalayan region as a whole, and the Koshi Basin in particular. IWMI researchers took up the challenge and assessed the possible impact of climate change on irrigation and hydropower development in Nepal’s largest Koshi River Basin, whose potential remains largely untapped. The
NP_ThalangamaBull 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 Map-hpt Wetlands on the move (February 2, 2015) - New map helps scientists track the world’s watery landscapes
Jeremy Bird Building on three decades of research (January 30, 2015) - IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird looks forward to 2015.
Pumping up trouble Pumping Up Trouble (January 29, 2015) - Could overuse of groundwater jeopardize Tamil Nadu’s Green Revolution?
Women’s group, Barisal, Bangladesh. 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 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 trend of food production taking on an increasingly
Urbanisation. Photo: 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 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
Man holding rice seeds, India (photographer Hamish John Appleby / IWMI) Facing up to South Asia’s environmental arsenic (January 9, 2015) - Report calls for more action to combat the region’s contamination challenge.
Group 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
Picture 023 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.
Irrigated rice terraces in Okhaldhunga, Nepal. Photo: cc: Fraser Sugden/IWMI Technology alone is not a silver bullet (December 16, 2014) - Storing water could help rural communities in Nepal, if socioeconomic factors are addressed.
thehindu.com_surface_water_in__tamil_Nadu_is_exploited 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, he
Solar_pump 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.
IWMI Research Report – 159: Climate Change, Out-migration and Agrarian Stress: The Potential for Upscaling Small-scale Water Storage in Nepal (December 5, 2014) - Climate change could have a critical impact on agriculture in Nepal due to dry-season water shortages, and changes in the variability of water availability and associated uncertainty. This makes water storage systems (most notably ponds and tanks) increasingly important. This report explores the potential role of small-scale water storage infrastructure in two subbasins within the
Resilience to climate change need of the hour 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 more
urban_farming_covers 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 – which totals some 456 million hectares
worlds_cropland 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
Gideon and Steven are brothers who farm maize, onions and other vegetables. They use a petrol pump to pump ground water for watering their plants.
Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah / IWMI Farming on the doorstep (November 13, 2014) - New study reveals scale of cropping in and around cities
Percent of urban land area classified as irrigated a- or rainfed b- croplands by country 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.
13 Is reverse osmosis (RO) treatment the answer to solving the CKDu riddle? (October 31, 2014) - In conversation with Harsha Kumar Suriyarachchi, former Vice Chairman, National Water Supply and Drainage Board by Renuka Jeya Raj Most experts agree that the presence of chemicals in groundwater has contributed to the prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu) in parts of Sri Lanka, although the exact combination of factors remains a
The prolonged drought dries up Sri Lanka's fourth largest river, Deduru Oya in the North Western Province
Photo: Arosha Ranasighe/ IWMI IWMI-developed tool to give Sri Lanka advance warning of drought (October 30, 2014) - Sri Lanka is only just emerging from a year-long drought that has wreaked havoc on the lives of around 10% of the population (link DMC situational report, 25 Sep). It destroyed over 80,000 hectares of paddy, accounting for about 15% of the paddy production forecasted for the entire year (2014) Rice production directly affects the
Boy with a milkfish in India - WorldFish Fishing for pro-poor solutions in India (October 29, 2014) - New policies are needed to support small-scale fish farmers.
Salt-Induced Degradation The scourge of salt (October 28, 2014) - World losing 2,000 hectares of irrigated farmland a day
Photo: Neil Palmer Press Release: World Losing 2,000 Hectares of Irrigated Farmland to Salt-Induced Degradation Daily (October 28, 2014) - Extensive costs of salt-damaged soils include $27 billion+ in lost crop value per year.
women-in-nepal-filming Getting more out of local knowledge (October 27, 2014) - A series of public events put farmers at the heart of climate change discussions in Nepal.
on-target-for-people-and-planet-feature2 Sustainable Development Goals Offer Unique Opportunity to Transform Management of Critical Water Resources (October 20, 2014) - Targets that promote efficient, nationally and locally appropriate water use will be key to achieving the SDGs.
on-target-for-people-and-planet-feature3 Press Release: Sustainable Development Goals Offer Unique Opportunity to Transform Management of Critical Water Resources (October 20, 2014) - Targets that promote efficient, nationally and locally appropriate water use will be key to achieving the SDGs.
world-food-day-2014-post World Food Day 2014 (October 15, 2014) - For World Food Day we look at 8 social and technological innovations that can contribute to a water-secure future for rural communities and family farmers.
infographic-on-gender-and-agriculture-thumb2 International Day of Rural Women (October 15, 2014) - October 15th is the UN International Day of Rural Women. Download the infographic on Gender and Agriculture.
DSCN8971 Cleaning up a community canal (October 3, 2014) - Waste management is big challenge for waterside communities, but new innovations can deliver a cleaner environment. Huts and small brick houses huddle cheek by jowl on either side of the 40-foot (12.19-meter) Taladuwa canal in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Mounds of rotting vegetation, and piles of plastic bottles and bags compete for space with canoes tethered
rainwater-table Increasing Sri Lanka’s rainwater storage will help protect people from floods and droughts (October 3, 2014) - The symposium helped to reinforce the need to make better use of the country’s erratic rainfall by storing it and using it during times of water scarcity.
Wastewater irrigation in Ghana. Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah Dirty water, dirty crops? (September 25, 2014) - Reducing risks in urban vegetable production.

Crop irrigation with polluted water has caused a bit of a stink with policymakers and the public.
Revitalizing Canal Irrigation: Towards Improving Cost Recovery (September 24, 2014) - Cost recovery from irrigation in almost all the countries presents a dismal picture. Low cost recovery coupled with declining government finances has led to the deterioration of both the quality of the built infrastructure and institutions managing and governing such infrastructure. This has created a vicious circle of low cost recovery, poor maintenance of infrastructure,
CGIAR Development dialogue logo - final DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUES (September 24, 2014) - The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 aim to focus international attention on the vital role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in achieving sustainable development.
Gujarat (168) On the lookout for drought (September 23, 2014) - South Asia to get early-warning system.
Water for Food in Bangladesh: Outlook to 2030 (September 16, 2014) - This study assesses the changing consumption patterns of rice in Bangladesh and its implications on water demand by 2030. Rice dominates food and water consumption patterns in the country; it contributed to 72% of the total calorie supply from food, and 81% and 79% of the total cropped and irrigated area, respectively, in 2010. Forecasts
Srinagar-map Disaster response: Maps show extent of Kashmir flood crisis (September 12, 2014) - IWMI has released a series of maps showing the extent of the catastrophic flooding in Kashmir.
Farmers planting Iri-Boro seeds Bangladesh can avert a groundwater crisis by not producing too much rice (September 12, 2014) - Bangladesh will need to be much more efficient in using water to avoid putting pressure on groundwater resources.
Jeremy Bird - The Power of Water The power of water: Four propositions and a resolution (September 8, 2014) - Stockholm, September 4th - IWMI's Director General, Jeremy Bird presents "The power of water - Four propositions and a resolution " during the Stockholm Water Prize Seminar at World Water Week 2014.
mullativu-kids IWMI helps improve livelihoods of resettled community in Mullaitivu (September 1, 2014) - IWMI partners IOM (International Organization for Migration) to provide water resource for rehabilitated Ponnagar community in the North Central province.
World-Water-Week-2014-08-29 World Water Week 2014 (August 29, 2014) - Join IWMI and it's partners at World Water Week 2014 for a book launch, seminars and workshops as we present our latest research.
Global Water Demand Projections: Past, Present and Future. (August 28, 2014) - A review of global water demand projections (WDPs) show substantial over- or under-estimation. The pre-1990 WDPs, with population as the main driver of change, over-projected current water use by 20 to 130%. The post-1990 WDPs, with sophisticated modeling frameworks, show substantial underestimation under the ‘business-as-usual’ scenarios and are more downward biased under sustainable scenarios. Overall,
Woman watering long beans with river water in Phonthan Village, Phonhong District, Vientiane Province, Laos. Water demand projections off, need more local insight (August 26, 2014) - New report says Pre-1990 global water demand projections dramatically over-estimated demand, while more recent models are underestimating water use.
AllAfrica_com AllAfrica.com: WRC Rallies Stakeholders for Efficient, Sustainable Water Use (August 14, 2014) - The Water Resources Commission (WRC) has held a day’s media training workshop for media personnel in the Upper East Region of Ghana on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The Public Relations Officer of the WRC, Mrs. Adwoa Dako noted that the ability to keep abreast of water policy decisions such as Agenda 21, the UN
how_technology_aids_farmers_gardeners Techpageone.dell.com: How technology aids farmers, gardeners (August 4, 2014) - From commercial farms to local community gardens, innovative technologies in farming are revolutionizing the way food is grown. Groundwater and freshwater from rivers are used to produce food and other agricultural products, and most of that water goes to waste because of evaporation and runoff, according to comprehensive study conducted by the International Water Management
IWMI-CEA signing ceremony IWMI to give pellet-making equipment to Kurunegala MC (July 31, 2014) - KMC to be a model plant under the Pilisaru Project

IWMI will provide pellet-making equipment to the Kurunegala Municipal Council (KMC) as part of its efforts to produce compost from municipal waste.
Photo: Neil Palmer Salvation for the saturated? (July 30, 2014) - IWMI-led team launches a guide for the perplexed
Photo: Neil Palmer Are more women farmers a good thing in Tajikistan? (July 24, 2014) - Despite the coping strategies, challenges remain.
Land Reforms and Feminization of Agricultural Labor in Sughd Province, Tajikistan. (July 10, 2014) - This report analyzes the influence of agrarian transformations on the feminization of agricultural production in rural Tajikistan. It explores women’s multiple labor relations for meeting basic needs of the household. The evidence shows that households have to depend on more types of agricultural work to secure day-to-day as well as long-term livelihood security. Overall, feminization
Famers planting paddy in waterlogged fields in Sri Lanka.  Photo: cc: DenishC on Flickr Is groundwater hiding a deadly secret in Sri Lanka’s paddy lands? (July 3, 2014) - A mystery killer is striking thousands of farming families in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. Insidious as it is deadly, the clues to its identity may flow in the groundwater that irrigates crops and slakes thirsts.
Photo: Neil Palmer Of PIM and pirates (July 1, 2014) - Can community run reservoirs deliver?
crisis_in_the_life_of_the_lifeline Jagran.com: Ganga – Crisis in the life of the lifeline (June 30, 2014) - Dainik Jagran, the largest Hindi language daily newspaper in India, published an op-ed by Dr Bharat Sharma, first in a three part series on Ganga.
india_faces_severe_water_crisis TheEconomicTimes: India faces severe water crisis: Solve major disputes, clean rivers on priority (June 30, 2014) - The Economic Times, largest English business daily in India published an article titled ‘India faces severe water crisis’ which quotes Dr Bharat Sharma.
Photo: Neil Palmer Models under the spotlight (June 24, 2014) - Is it time to break the mold?

Modeling river basins is so fashionable it seems that everyone wants in.
Photo: Neil Palmer Keeping track of liquid assets (June 23, 2014) - ‘Water Accounting Plus’ helps policymakers go with the flow
iwmi-icar-2014 IWMI-India and ICAR renew their collaboration (June 19, 2014) - IWMI-India and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) signed a Memorandum of Agreement for scientific and technical cooperation by collaboration in research and training for the coming two years.
Pic2 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (June 17, 2014) - To mark the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought here’s a photo essay from Uzbekistan where the loss of the Aral Sea is affecting local climates and livelihoods.
Logo_UNCCD_Worldday IWMI interviewed on World Day to Combat Desertification by SBS Australia’s Sinhala program (June 17, 2014) - Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The theme is ecosystem-based adaptation. IWMI’s Water Resources Engineer Nishadi Eriyagama spoke to SBS Radio, Australia, on the link between drought, climate change and desertification. The interview was broadcast in Sinhala in Australia this morning and led the 11.00 – 12.00 a.m.(Australia time) segment.
Cleaning the Ganga Thehindu.com: Cleaning the Ganga, step by step (June 13, 2014) - Traversing over 2,500 km, from the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas to the Sunderbans delta in Bangladesh, the Ganga is used by hundreds of millions of people.
This TRMM real time data indicates extraordinary flooding that occurred in the districts of Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Ratnapua and some parts of Colombo as a result of the Southwest monsoon.  This rainfall was between 4 and 6 times higher than the monsoonal rains experienced in 2013 in the same period IWMI provides the Disaster Management Centre with flood information for relief efforts (June 10, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj The onset of the Southwest monsoon brought incessant rains that lashed the Southwest part of Sri Lanka during the first two days of this month. Although it ended a five-month long drought, the rains took a heavy toll on the country. The unusually heavy monsoonal rains caused floods, landslides, high winds
Wastewater irrigation in Ghana-th Global wastewater database (June 9, 2014) - New data pool will boost global assessment and monitoring of wastewater and its fate.
PM Shri Narendra Modi New Indian PM recognises IWMI contribution (June 8, 2014) - New Delhi, 8 June. The recently elected Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, mentions IWMI’s Tushaar Shah at the launch of the book Getting India Back on Track, to which Tushaar and Shilp Verma have contributed a chapter. The speech is on video and in Hindi. English translation of the relevant remark is: Sitting
01 Sandia Labs on Flickr Freshwater dreams (June 4, 2014) - Can solar-powered desalination alleviate global water scarcity?
Should hydropower Scidev.net: Should hydropower truly be described as renewable? (June 4, 2014) - For some developing economies, there is an argument for exploring the careful and judicious use of hydropower to meet a particular region’s energy needs, especially when these complement its water needs. Listen to Mallika Aryal’s interview with Jeremy Bird, director-general of the International Water Management Institute, for a succinct account of why water management and
Farming in Ethiopia Landscapers vs Luddites (May 28, 2014) - Why some farmers adopt rainwater management technologies, whilst others ignore them.
IWMI-UNESCO-IHE IWMI signs MOU with the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (May 23, 2014) - The two organizations will develop a range of activities to strengthen the global knowledge base for the sustainable management of water, land and environmental resources.
Jeremy-Bird-and-Kuang-Shangfu-2014-may IWMI signs MOU with the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydro-power Research (May 22, 2014) - The initial priority areas of research cooperation include issues related to water savings, multiple uses of water infrastructure, ecosystems services, water and soil conservation, water allocation and planning and sustainable hydro-power.
Women inspecting the catch-feat A visit from the lagoon squad (May 22, 2014) - This year’s theme for International Day for Biological Diversity is the biodiversity of islands. A new report seeks to highlight their importance and improve steps towards sustainable management.
Review of Literature on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka (May 21, 2014) - This manuscript undertakes a review of current published information (peer-reviewed and grey literature) on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka. It attempts to provide an overview of the possible environmentally-induced causal factors that have been implicated in the development of the disease, and identifies the gaps in research and recommends potential
IWMI-strategy-2014-2018-large IWMI commits to a water-secure world (May 20, 2014) - New strategy expands research agenda to tackle growing global challenges

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has announced a new five-year strategy aimed at boosting the center’s research and its influence in tackling global water challenges.
drip-irrigation-man-and-wind-turbines Press Release: IWMI commits to a water-secure world (May 20, 2014) - IWMI commits to a water-secure world as it has announced a new five-year strategy aimed at boosting the center’s research and its influence in tackling global water challenges.
illegal sand mining4 Digging for development: the hidden cost of sand (May 19, 2014) - by Dharshani Weerasekera Sand mining in Sri Lanka is not only undercutting riverbanks, it is also undermining water quality, ecosystems and land use, and, according to some, the country’s recent economic progress. In Sri Lanka, artisanal or manual sand mining from rivers has supplied the country’s construction industry for hundreds of years. Since 1990, the
Determinants of Adoption of Rainwater Management Technologies among Farm Households in the Nile River Basin. (May 16, 2014) - Gebregziabher, Gebrehawaria; Rebelo, Lisa-Maria; Notenbaert, A.; Ergano, K.; Abebe, Yenenesh. 2013. Determinants of adoption of rainwater management technologies among farm households in the Nile River Basin. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 38p. (IWMI Research Report 154) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (2.48 MB)
ghana-burkina-faso-and-kenya-wise-up-to-climate-change Ghana.gov: Ghana, Burkina Faso and Kenya WISE-UP to Climate Change (May 13, 2014) - IWMI and its partners are working together over a four-year period to demonstrate that natural ecosystems or infrastructure are nature based solutions for climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
IWMI reaches 5000 followers on Twitter IWMI reaches 5000 followers on Twitter (May 9, 2014) - IWMI’s official Twitter account recorded its 5000th follower today. Since July 2009 IWMI has steadily been attracting over 120 new followers, on average, every month to reach the current total.
'Yay! we nailed that one!' Lyceum International wins IWMI World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz (April 30, 2014) - Pupils from the Lyceum International School won the World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz hosted by IWMI in Battaramulla, recently.
A Participatory Approach for Hydrometeorological Monitoring in the Blue Nile River Basin of Ethiopia. (April 22, 2014) - Zemadim, B.; McCartney, Matthew; Langan, Simon; Sharma, Bharat. 2013. A participatory approach for hydrometeorological monitoring in the Blue Nile River Basin of Ethiopia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 32p. (IWMI Research Report 155) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1 MB)
Figure6c Citizen scientists (April 22, 2014) - A new study from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) suggests that community monitoring can work, if the right incentives and procedures are put in place.
Nepal MoU Event IWMI renews Nepal partnership (April 18, 2014) - IWMI and the Department of Irrigation (DoI) of the Government of Nepal renewed their long-standing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
A woman washing clothes on canal bridge Water for all (April 10, 2014) - Can multiple use services deliver?

MUS is a participatory water services approach that takes account of poor people’s multiple water needs as a starting point of planning.
hand dug wells Africa’s ‘hidden water’: Lessons from India (April 8, 2014) - The relevance of the Indian experience for groundwater development policies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
wle-call-for-proposals-wle-innovation-fund Call for proposals: WLE Innovation Fund (April 2, 2014) - In order to support innovative research that advances the concepts of sustainable agricultural intensification, the WLE Steering Committee agreed in 2013 that funding should be allocated to the WLE Innovation Fund (IF), with a total of $4.2 million for projects occurring in 2014 and 2015.  By design, the WLE IF supports the frontiers of research,
What Nepal doesnt know about water IPSnews.net: What Nepal Doesn’t Know About Water (April 2, 2014) - KATHMANDU, Apr 1 2014 (IPS) – Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development as agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depends on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to
Nepal moeny Hydropower to the people: Is benefit sharing working in Nepal? (March 24, 2014) - Efforts to share the benefits of hydropower development in Nepal could be compounding inequality in the country instead of tackling it, according to research from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).   One of the most water-abundant countries in the world, with vast areas of hills and mountains, Nepal has been the focus of hydropower
Jeremy-Bird-2014-world-water-day-22 World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy (March 22, 2014) - Water and Energy For World Water Day 2014, IWMI Director General Jeremy Bird reflects on the interconnectedness of water and energy and how IWMI’s research can help policymakers sustainably manage supplies of both.   Should we build more large dams? A new report on the effectiveness of large dams has prompted the Agriculture and Ecosystems
World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz organized to celebrate World Water Day 2014 (March 22, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj IWMI is organizing a schools quiz to celebrate World Water Day. The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of fresh water in sustaining life – for the environment, agriculture, health and trade. Quiz topics will be based on ‘water and the environment’ in Sri Lanka as well
Tushaar Shah Indian water policy initiative receives World Water Day global award (March 21, 2014) - Tokyo, Japan (March 21, 2014): A research program that pinpointed how perverse subsidies were causing India to export virtual water has won the coveted ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award. The IWMI-Tata Water Policy Research Program (ITP), a partnership between the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Sir Ratan Tata
The trees help to stabilize the soil, improve nutrient cycling and help retain enough water to protect crops against dry spells. International Day of Forests 2014 (March 21, 2014) - To mark the International Day of Forests today, here are some of the key facts about water and trees. Trees need water, but water needs trees [camera slideshow=”WorldForestsDay2014″] All photos by Neil Palmer/CIAT Follow the conversation on twitter #IntlForestDay  
wall-street-journal-water-scarcity-worsens-in-mideast WSJ.com: Water Scarcity Worsens in Mideast, Threatens Food Security (March 20, 2014) - “Most Middle Eastern countries are faced with what hydrologists call absolute water scarcity. This means that even if they have the economic capacity to develop their water resources, they will not be able to meet the demand for freshwater from their growing populations and growing economies,” warns Peter McCornick, deputy director general at the International
more_food_fewer_floods More food, fewer floods (March 11, 2014) - Why GAMES could mean a win-win for the Eastern Ganges Basin.

The risk of devastating floods and droughts can be minimized and food production boosted by taking advantage of underground water sources.
Kusum Athukorala Lindha Langa marks International Women’s Day 2014 (March 7, 2014) - To mark International Women's Day we spoke to two leading lights in the water sector on Women and Water.
International Women's Day 2014 - Pic 1 International Women’s Day 2014 (March 7, 2014) - To mark the occasion we’ve put together a picture feature from southeast Nepal, where the out-migration of male farmers means many women are now heads of the household - and in charge of the farm.
A buyer carefully presses an avocado to check for ripeness Water tapped from feeder canal grew Sri Lanka’s largest wholesale market (February 28, 2014) - Text and photos by Renuka Jeya Raj Shouts echo through the vast hangars as burly men, their sarongs tucked over bulging bellies, scurry hither and thither, urging the long line of trucks to get a move on to unload their precious cargo. Sinewy youth position themselves alongside the trucks as they come to a standstill,
Pic1 India’s climate challenge (February 21, 2014) - Over a quarter of all rice production in just one of the river basins in India, the Godavari Basin, could be lost to climate change according to a new book, published today.
Ranjith Alankara IWMI staff among winners of President’s Award (February 18, 2014) - Two IWMI staff have received a top national award for their work in mapping wetlands in Sri Lanka. Alankara Ranjith and Sarath Gunasinghe of IWMI’s GIS (Geographic Information System), Remote Sensing (RS) and Data Management unit received the ‘President’s Award for Scientific Publications 2007, 2008, 2009’, for co-authoring the research paper, ‘Semi‐automated methods for mapping
Devex-women and water at the forefront of development in Asia Devex.com: Women and water at the forefront of development in Asia (February 18, 2014) - For development in Asia to be truly sustainable and gain greater momentum, issues like water management need more women participation, especially in the region’s most impoverished nations. Participants in a workshop held on Thursday at the Asian Development Bank highlighted the importance of the role of women in development efforts with a special focus on
Hydrogeology of the Eastern Ganges Basin: an overview (February 17, 2014) - Rajmohan, N.; Prathapar, S. A. 2013. Hydrogeology of the Eastern Ganges Basin: an overview. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 42p. (IWMI Working Paper 157). [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (830KB)
Manual well drilling investment opportunity in Ethiopia. (February 17, 2014) - Weight, Elizabeth; Yoder, R.; Keller, A. 2013. Manual well drilling investment opportunity in Ethiopia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 25p. (IWMI Working Paper 155) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.1MB)
Photo: Neil Palmer / CCAFS Women, Water & Leadership workshop: How to respond to the ‘feminization’ of agriculture in Nepal (February 12, 2014) - Climate change is contributing to the ‘feminization’ of agriculture in Nepal, as falling farm yields continue to force large numbers of men to leave the countryside in search of work, the Women, Water and Leadership workshop in Manila, The Philippines, will hear today.   Fraser Sugden of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will tell
Philippe Lemperiere Philippe Lempérière (February 11, 2014) - On the night of Tuesday February 4, 2014, Philippe Lempérière, a Senior Irrigation Specialist at the East Africa and Nile Basin Office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, passed away suddenly and totally unexpectedly. Philippe was born in France in October, 1957, where he was educated. His tertiary training
Small-scale sustainable fishing by canoe Wetlands and People launched today, World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2014) - IWMI’s new publication Wetlands and People was released to coincide with World Wetlands Day today, Sunday 2 February. In this report, researchers give many examples of the value of wetlands to rural poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and discuss ways to manage them sustainably. Several wetlands in Sri Lanka – Negombo, Kalametiya,
Download an infographic of wetland agriculture facts and figures Wising up to wetlands and agriculture: Smarter policies promise the best of both worlds (February 2, 2014) - Agriculture and wetlands should be managed in unison in order to conserve vital ecosystems and support the livelihoods of millions of people, according to a new report published to coincide with World Wetlands Day, today.   Boasting a wealth of wildlife, providing water and food for people and livestock, and playing a crucial role in
Wetlands in Zambia Millions affected, billions at stake: Scientists urge ‘wiser’ use of wetlands to tackle poverty and conserve ecosystems (January 29, 2014) - 2nd February 2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka Agriculture and wetlands should be managed in unison in order to conserve vital ecosystems and support the livelihoods of millions of people, according to a new report published to coincide with World Wetlands Day, today. Download the full media release Download the report
River in Tamil Nadu IWRM: Apply with care (January 24, 2014) - Why Integrated Water Resources Management might be causing more harm than good Many parts of the world are failing to tackle water scarcity effectively because of the dominance of a set of water management principles that sometimes fail to take account of real-world problems, according to a new research paper. The strongly-worded critique from Mark
Lindha Langa Home Page IWMI launches new online discussion space on water issues in Sri Lanka (January 22, 2014) - Hosted on the website of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Lindha Langa – which means Around the well in Sinhala – will bring the latest news on water issues in the country, and encourages readers to join in the discussion.
Jeremy-Bird-with-Mahinda-Rajapaksa President Rajapaksa launches new water information system (January 21, 2014) - Sri Lanka President H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa officially launched the country’s first-ever water information system, the Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, during a courtesy visit to IWMI on Friday January 17, 2013. President Rajapaksa was received by IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird, the management team, ministers and other senior government officials. “It is a great
news-lk-sl-water-info-system News.lk: Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System launched (January 20, 2014) - The tool is available free online and is the first of its kind for helping scientists and policymakers in Sri Lanka to accurately monitor the dynamics of the country’s water resources. It also provides a secure platform for cooperation among all the agencies involved in water management to share their data. Read more…
daily-news-new-info-system DailyNews.lk: New IWMI information system to enhance water management in SriLanka (January 20, 2014) - President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched a new hi-tech information system developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), that promises to enhance water management in Sri Lanka. The new Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, as the new initiative is called was launched by the President at the Institute’s head office at Battaramulla. The new system
The President unveils the plaque President Rajapaksa launches new water information system during visit to IWMI (January 17, 2014) - His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has officially launched a new, hi-tech information system that promises to enhance water management in the South Asian country.   The Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), provides facts, figures and maps on trends
The President in discussion with Jeremy Bird. President Rajapaksa launches new water information system during visit to IWMI (January 17, 2014) - 17th January 2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka – His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has officially launched a new, hi-tech information system that promises to enhance water management in the South Asian country. Download the full media release
Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah Harvesting cities: tapping the potential of urban agriculture (January 16, 2014) - Historically, many governments have either ignored urban agriculture or limited it for health and safety reasons.   But despite the lack of support, the sector has quietly gained traction – with an estimated 800 million people now involved in urban farming globally, generating as much as 20% of the world’s food production. Crop-raising in home
Jeremy Bird 2014: Putting water on the global agenda (January 6, 2014) - Jeremy Bird, Direct General of IWMI, talks about putting water on the global agenda.
Facilitating outcomes: multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policy change on urban agriculture in selected West African and South Asian cities. (December 23, 2013) - Amerasinghe, P.; Cofie, O. O.; Labri, T. O.; Drechsel, P. 2013. Facilitating outcomes: multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policy change on urban agriculture in selected West African and South Asian cities. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 34p. (IWMI Research Report 153). [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.62MB)
Carlos Pérez del Castillo CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years (December 18, 2013) - Fruits of new investments in CGIAR could include big boost in rice production for Asia, sustainable irrigation for millions of parched farms in Africa, and dramatic drop in forest destruction tied to agriculture. Washington, D.C. and Montpellier, France — CGIAR, the world’s largest agriculture research partnership, today announced its funding has doubled from $500 million
CEA partners with IWMI CEA partners with IWMI to improve Colombo’s municipal waste management and farmers’ access to organic fertilizers (December 11, 2013) - Colombo, December 10, 2013. At the request of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), organized a stakeholder meeting to discuss improvements that can be made to the management of municipal waste in the City of Colombo. The meeting was held at the
Laser land levelling. Photo: IRRI Water savings aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be (December 5, 2013) - By Jeff Smith A newly published study of rice-wheat agriculture in Pakistan shows that, while many farmers adopt water conservation technologies such as zero tillage, water use has actually risen, contributing to groundwater depletion.   There were two reasons for this. First, when less water was needed because of the new technologies, the ‘saved’ water
Top rice experts hammer out proposal for Asia-Pacific rice strategy NationMultimedia.com: Top rice experts hammer out proposal for Asia-Pacific rice strategy (December 2, 2013) - Asia and the Pacific region is a step closer to adopting a regional rice strategy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced today after its External Rice Advisory Group (ERAG) came up with an outline to formulate a rice strategy for the Asia-Pacific region following a two-day consultation that ended Friday night. Read More…
The story behind the success: ten case studies identifying what led to uptake of research for development (November 26, 2013) - Kane-Potaka, Joanna. 2013. The story behind the success: ten case studies identifying what led to uptake of research for development. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) 100p. [doi] Keywords / Abstract | Fulltext
story-behind-the-success Success stories give the low-down on uptake (November 25, 2013) - Research only solves problems if it is put into practice. With that in mind, researchers from IWMI and several other large organizations spent three years working together to find ways of boosting water access for smallholders in Africa and Asia, and ensuring their findings resulted in action on the ground. Through the AgWater Solutions Project
media-release-the-story-behind-the-success The story behind the success (November 25, 2013) - Colombo, Sri Lanka (25 November 2013) – Billions of dollars are spent every year on scientific research for noble causes such as lifting people out of poverty and caring for the environment – sometimes successfully and sometimes not. A new study helps identify what was critical in leading to the successful adoption of scientific research
Mekong_river Villages of the Dammed (November 20, 2013) - The 3rd Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy is taking place this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Forum offers the opportunity for constructive dialogue on the relationship between the cost and benefits of water development. A particular focus of the Forum is technical and institutional innovations which can make hydropower more sustainable and ensure
nestle-More Coffee with Less Water IWMI study features on Nestlé website (November 19, 2013) - More Coffee with Less Water Groundwater, the main source of coffee irrigation during the dry months in Vietnam, is declining rapidly due to overuse, and could potentially affect coffee productivity in the long term. In order to develop sustainable water use practices, Nestlé partnered with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Western
Installing a water pump. 
Photo: Joe Ronzio / IWMI Sub-Saharan Africa: Making the case for groundwater (November 18, 2013) - Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have always had to deal with an unforgiving climate. The relentless cycles of drought and downpours that characterize much of the region have shaped agricultural practices for generations. Moreover, weather patterns look set to become even more unpredictable as climate change takes a firmer hold.   Smallholder farmers from the
media-release-smart water management can help avert climate-induced food shortages Smart water management can help avert climate-induced food shortages (November 15, 2013) - Warsaw, Poland – November 15th 2013 – Climate change will have a “profound” impact on water resources that could have serious knock-on effects for agriculture, according to a new report published today. Download the full media release
Future-proofed: Smarter water use for an uncertain climate (November 15, 2013) - Climate change will have a “profound” impact on water resources that could have serious knock-on effects for agriculture, according to a new report published by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) today.   But despite uncertainty about the precise impact of climate change, it argues that the development of more resilient food production systems based
Knowledge sharing – can technology make a difference in rural Africa? (November 7, 2013) - Information and communication technologies (ICTs), social media and mobile applications are changing the way we work, interact, think and organise our lives. This is happening regardless of where we live and what business we are in.   So it is no surprise that ICTs are becoming more and more important for rural development in developing
NationalGeographic.com: Kenya’s Giant Aquifer Highlights Groundwater’s Critical Role (October 29, 2013) - The Turkana region in Kenya is not the type of place that would come to mind when picturing a wellspring bursting with water. The area is dry and desolate. It is one of the most arid regions on this planet, with soaring temperatures that burn the earth and suck out moisture. The local people are
DIS_0338 Lagoons. Dynamic, productive and…vulnerable (October 25, 2013) - Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development drive has recently put the island’s many lagoons under its searchlight.  For most of them, their status as biological, ecological and economic entities has remained largely unknown.  Negombo Lagoon is one of the exceptions; a highly successful fisheries hub which has seen more research than most.  But exploitation of its growing
Odai fish farm at De Mel Watta, Seeduwa, near Negombo. Lagoon aquaculture can be pro-poor and pro-women, but is it sustainable? (October 24, 2013) - Unique ephemeral ponds in a lagoon environment are sources of livelihoods for their communities. But how they impact the lagoon will spell how long they will last. by Dharshani Weerasekera Women in Negombo, Sri Lanka are running aquaculture farms as community based organisations (CBOs).  The farms are in intertidal ponds near the Dandugam Oya freshwater
CIAT Kisumu - Neil Palmer (CIAT) World Development Information Day (October 24, 2013) - Bytes and bottlenecks – can data deliver? Leaps forward in data processing power and access to information are helping make irrigation more efficient and sustainable. Today, World Development Information Day, we take a look at some of the possibilities and some of the challenges. Irrigation has long been the backbone of global food security, but
TheGuardian.com: Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa (October 24, 2013) - The recent discovery of a large aquifer in Kenya is a reminder that far from being dry, Africa has abundant water resources. The problem for farmers is access: only around 6% of cultivated land is equipped for irrigation, leaving millions dependent on rain-fed agriculture. How might more of them be helped to access water that
The Economic Times : ‘Rate of success of farm technologies just eight per cent’ (October 22, 2013) - COIMBATORE: The steps taken by the government to support dissemination of 420 proven farm technologies in 5,000 locations nationwide has seen a success rate of just eight per cent, according to a top official in the International Water Management Institute, Hyderabad. Read More Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com
Mechanism to supply water for agriculture Water and poverty (October 17, 2013) - Defining the links October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In many communities, access to water is potentially a critical factor in alleviating poverty and enhancing economic growth. Research carried out by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) focuses on water availability and access to ensure that there is enough water
World Food Day 2013 (October 17, 2013) - Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. Since then, the world’s population has tripled, whilst average food availability per person has risen by 40%. The achievement
Photo: Peter Casier (CGIAR) No water in the well? (October 11, 2013) - Southern Africa needs better groundwater management An estimated 39 million people living in member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are at risk of losing groundwater access during extended droughts. However, better groundwater management can help ensure sustainable supplies.   Climate change is now inescapable. That was the key message emerging from the
Simple well drilling in Ethiopia. Well drilling delivers (October 3, 2013) - Ethiopian smallholders benefit from groundwater access Ethiopia is often referred to as the “roof of Africa,” because its extensive highlands capture a major portion of the continent’s precipitation. However, despite the abundance of water in the highlands, most smallholders in Ethiopia’s lowlands face significant challenges in affordably accessing water. Considerable time and effort is spent
Preparing for the next dry year (October 2, 2013) - New research suggests that droughts in Pakistan are cyclical The vast farmlands of Pakistan are sustained by the Indus Basin Irrigation System; the largest contiguous canal irrigation system in the world. It serves 45 million acres (approximately 18.2 million hectares) and produces cereals, fruits, vegetables, sugarcane and cotton in abundance for local use as well
Photo: Claudia Ringler (IFPRI) Tapping Africa’s groundwater potential (October 1, 2013) - The subcontinent has lots of groundwater, but most farmers cannot get to it. For millions of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), access to sufficient water for agriculture is a big challenge. There may be plenty to go around during the rainy season, but when the downpours stop things get a lot tougher. So, smallholders
A Kenyan farmer uses a mobile phone in the field. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT) Who can you call? (September 30, 2013) - African farmers get water advice from mobile phones The information revolution has transformed farming in many parts of the world. Sophisticated computer models can now process huge quantities of data from satellites to local hydrological stations, producing accurate forecasts for even the remotest regions. This gives wired-up farmers invaluable insights on what crops to plant
World Tourism Day 2013 (September 27, 2013) - Today is World Tourism Day.  Tourism is putting increasing demands on the quality, availability and accessibility of freshwater worldwide. However it also creates many jobs. Can we strike a balance? Here are some quick facts to celebrate World Tourism Day in the form of a slideshow.  
Cities and water: sinks or sponges? (September 23, 2013) - The 16th International River Symposium, taking place in Brisbane this week, provides an opportunity to look at how urban areas influence rivers and the links between water, food and energy. Jeremy Bird, Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), is speaking at the symposium on the essential role of resource recovery and reuse
Good gulps in Ghana (September 18, 2013) - World Water Monitoring Day: Making Accra’s water safe to drink World Water Monitoring Day, on September 18th, aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies. IWMI’s research is contributing to improved water quality of water resources.
Pumping water Amu Darya Turkmenistan What lies beneath? (September 10, 2013) - Subterranean storage could be the answer to Central Asia’s water woes Farmers in the Syrdarya River basin of Central Asia have a problem. Water is plentiful in spring, but often in desperately short supply during the summer.  In addition many still rely on an extensive network of Soviet era irrigation canals to deliver water to
Phys.org: Rising reuse of wastewater in forecast but world lacks data on ‘massive potential resource’ (September 6, 2013) - Amid growing competition for freshwater from industry and cities, coupled with a rising world shortage of potash, nitrogen and phosphorus, an international study predicts a rapid increase in the use of treated wastewater for farming and other purposes worldwide. Says the study, on which Tottori University and UNU-INWEH collaborated with the International Center for Agricultural
drakensberg-Steve-Slater Water from the dragon (September 5, 2013) - Managing ecosystem services in the Drakensberg The Barrier of Spears. That is the name that the Zulu people gave to the imposing mountain range that dominates the eastern area of South Africa. Later settlers called them the Drakensberg – Dragon Mountains; both names evoking the jagged nature of its sheer basalt peaks .The Drakensberg range
IWMI goes mobile (September 5, 2013) - Smartphone apps improve access to resources By Carolyn Fry Donors wanting to see project findings at a glance, journalists seeking a new angle on an environmental story and researchers or university students wanting maps illustrating scientific data will all find a use for the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI’s) new collection of apps, launched today
Healthy ecosystems are the key to productive agriculture (September 4, 2013) - New book urges fundamental re-think to unite farmers and conservationists for sustainable development. STOCKHOLM (4 SEPTEMBER 2013) — We must prioritize the health of ecosystems and water supplies if we are to grow enough food to feed the world’s rising population. This is the key message of the book Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food
Welcoming nature onto the farm (September 4, 2013) - How to manage agroecosystems for sustainable food security Stockholm, 4 September. It is now widely thought that the Earth’s population will peak at 9 billion by 2050. Can we feed all these people? The answer is that we probably can. There are enough natural resources and technological advances in agriculture to deliver huge amounts of
A new decision-support tool finds top spots for boosting livelihoods with water technologies (September 3, 2013) - The Targeting AGwater Management Interventions (TAGMI) tool could support government planners to better target interventions at resource poor farmers in Africa. STOCKHOLM (3 SEPTEMBER 2013) Africa’s smallholder farmers stand to gain from a new online tool that highlights the water management methods most likely to be effective in given contexts. The tool, developed for the
Africa’s farmers get plugged in to water (September 3, 2013) - New online tool helps smallholder water management The majority of farmers in Africa rely on rainwater for to produce their crops but suffer from high evaporation, variable and uneven distribution of rainfall, prolonged dry spells and occasional flooding. Climate change is making variable rainfall even less predictable in some areas.     But now Africa’s
Photo credit: CPWF Keeping their feet dry – Who should pay to uphold water infrastructure in Bangladesh? (September 2, 2013) - A new study conducted under the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) and presented at Stockholm World Water Week this week suggests that focusing on “fairness” won’t get the job done when it comes to managing community water resources.   The coastal zone of Bangladesh is home to 38 million people. But this densely
NationalGeographic.com: Small-scale Irrigation Boosts Incomes and Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa (August 27, 2013) - A study by the International Water Management Institute, based in Sri Lanka, estimates that small motorized pumps could expand irrigation by some 30 million hectares in sub-Saharan Africa (a four-fold increase over the current area), generate annual net revenues of $22 billion, and improve food security and incomes for some 185 million people. Read More
SciDev.net: West Africa ‘must take action to tackle water loss’ (August 21, 2013) - A team of researchers — comprising agronomists, climatologists and social scientists, including those from IWMI — say that water flow in the Volta region could fall by 24 per cent by 2050 and by 45 per cent by 2100. This would deprive the basin of water that countries depend on for driving hydroelectric turbines and
Managed aquifer recharge: the solution for water shortages in the Fergana Valley. (August 19, 2013) - Karimov, Akmal; Smakhtin, Vladimir; Mavlonov, A.; Borisov, V.; Gracheva, I.; Miryusupov, F.; Djumanov, J.; Khamzina, T.; Ibragimov, R.; Abdurahmanov, B. 2013. Managed aquifer recharge: the solution for water shortages in the Fergana Valley [Central Asia]. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 51p. (IWMI Research Report 151) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (2.18MB)
Mountain meltdown (August 16, 2013) - How much global warming can the world’s glaciers take? The huge glaciers in the Himalayan mountain system are often called the “water towers of Asia”. These immense reservoirs feed the rivers that feed the world’s most populated continent. But now there is a growing concern that melting of both glaciers and seasonal snow, due to
IWMI Annual Report 2012 (August 5, 2013) - A look back at the previous year of IWMI’s activities, achievements and accolades. Download the Annual Report [1.94mb] Features include: [fancy-ul style=”rounded-arrow-list” variation=”blue”] IWMI awarded highest accolade in water research IWMI-led research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems gets under way IWMI social scientist wins first Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application Study
CEA partners with IWMI to turn organic waste into high-quality fertilizer (July 31, 2013) - Colombo.25 July 2013. At the request of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) signed an agreement to collaborate towards Resource Recovery and Reuse in Sri Lanka. IWMI and CEA join hands in targeting two main challenges that Sri Lanka is currently facing: Urban waste management; and the need to increase
CRI to address climate change impacts in Sri Lanka (July 23, 2013) - The Coconut Research Institute is organizing an “International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations for Food and Environmental Security” in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, and the Regional Office of the World Agroforestry Centre, New Delhi, India, from 30th to 31st July 2013. In this conference authoritative statements on the
EurekAlert.org: Climate change could deprive Volta Basin of water needed to boost energy and food production (July 19, 2013) - ACCRA, GHANA (19 July, 2013)—A new study released today finds that so much water may be lost in the Volta River Basin due to climate change that planned hydroelectric projects to boost energy and food production may only tread water in keeping up with actual demand. Some 24 million people in Ghana, Burkina Faso and
A woman collects water from a pond in Tuka village Pond, tank or well? (July 19, 2013) - People not just places determine the right choice for agricultural water storage in Africa The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) convened by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and hosted by the Government of Ghana is taking place in Accra this week under the theme “Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation”. IWMI’s research
Agricultural Water Storage in an Era of Climate Change: Assessing Need and Effectiveness in Africa (July 17, 2013) - McCartney, Matthew; Rebelo, Lisa-Maria; Xenarios, Stefanos; Smakhtin, Vladimir. 2013. Agricultural water storage in an era of climate change: assessing need and effectiveness in Africa. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 37p. (IWMI Research Report 152) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.40MB)
World Water Summit V (July 11, 2013) - Friday June 21, 2013 – Lisbon, Portugal. This year’s World Water Summit will focus on sanitation, which has been an even greater challenge than the provision of safe water, with over two billion people still lacking basic facilities. Read More Source: www.regonline.com
IWA Development Congress & Exhibition (July 10, 2013) - 14 – 17 October 2013 – Nairobi, Kenya. The IWA Development Congress and Exhibition is the Association’s main biennial event addressing urban water management issues in low and middle income countries attracting 1,000 water professionals, companies and institutions. Read More Source: www.iwahq.org
Providing evidence-based findings in the Dry Zone of Myanmar (July 10, 2013) - Something magical happens when researchers respond directly to development challenges and the needs of end users. There is interest in the findings, it is easy to get feedback and new opportunities emerge almost seamlessly through engagement and partnership. Myanmar is opening up at an unprecedented rate. Government officials and development agencies are hungry for evidence-based
How much is a wetland worth? (July 9, 2013) - A new approach to costing ecosystem services We know that despite their importance for local human well-being and regulation of ecosystem services, wetland integrity continues to decline. How can policies at the local, regional and global scale be better aligned? This is the question that the FORUM Wetlands for livelihoods is trying to answer this
Glacier systems and seasonal snow cover in six major Asian river basins: hydrological role under changing climate (July 8, 2013) - Savoskul, Oxana S.; Smakhtin, Vladimir. 2013. Glacier systems and seasonal snow cover in six major Asian river basins: hydrological role under changing climate. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 45p. (IWMI Research Report 150) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.12MB)
Voices of the communities in Nepal (July 8, 2013) - A new tv programme by IWMI, NEFEJ and villagers from Dhanusha District Background Men and women farmers are given a limited opportunity to voice their concerns in the national debate on climate change. As a result, climate change policies and interventions hold the risk of being based upon simplistic assumptions of how rural men and
Glacier systems and seasonal snow cover in six major Asian river basins: water storage properties under changing climate (July 7, 2013) - Savoskul, Oxana S.; Smakhtin, Vladimir. 2013. Glacier systems and seasonal snow cover in six major Asian river basins: water storage properties under changing climate. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 61p. (IWMI Research Report 149) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.75MB)
Improving the supply chain of motor pumps to expand small-scale private irrigation in Zambia (July 6, 2013) - Colenbrander, W.; van Koppen, Barbara. 2012. Improving the supply chain of motor pumps to expand small-scale private irrigation in Zambia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 14p. (IWMI Working Paper 154) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (1.02MB)
A farmer uses a small pump to irrigate his fields Priming the pump: motorized pumps improve prospects for Zambia’s smallholders (July 5, 2013) - July 6 is the 2013 UN International Day of Co-operatives . The event seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives and farmers’ unions all over the world, and to recognize the actions of cooperation in helping to achieve development goals. Recent IWMI research highlights how farmers’ unions can support smallholder farmers and boosting
Gender aspects of small-scale private irrigation in Africa (July 5, 2013) - van Koppen, Barbara; Hope, Lesley; Colenbrander, W. 2012. Gender aspects of small-scale private irrigation in Africa. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 17p. (IWMI Working Paper 153) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (608.67KB)
IWMI at the heart of science (July 3, 2013) - IWMI will go to the heart of science in July as we partner with Alliance Française Sri Lanka in the ‘Water at the heart of science’ exhibition to be held in Colombo from the 5th – 15th July. The science exhibition is organized in honor of the 2013 UN international Year of Water Cooperation and
Beyond the pump: Ensuring the sustainability of smallholder water systems in Ethiopia (July 1, 2013) - Despite being a country with significant ground and surface water, Ethiopia’s farmers depend heavily on rainwater. This makes them extremely vulnerable to frequent dry spells and the uneven distribution of rains. The recent severe drought in the Horn of Africa and the late and erratic rains in 2012 have further adversely affected crop production leaving
India’s water future: global challenges and local solutions (June 28, 2013) - As the second most populous country in the world, with a huge and booming economy, India’s future food and water supplies are uncertain. Add to the mix rapid urbanization and a new found passion for consumerism and it is not surprising that some Indian river basins are already experiencing physical water scarcity. For more than
Dry areas: saving water by rethinking agriculture (June 26, 2013) - Sound policies for food security and agricultural water management are critical for national economies – and particularly for dryland areas, where water resources are already scarce. The International Conference: Policies for Water and Food Security in the Dry Areas, held in Cairo this week, examines the effectiveness of water and food policy options, and identifies
Flood mapping assists relief management in Uttarakhand (June 25, 2013) - Update on flood situation in Uttara Pradesh (India) using Landsat 30m resolution. (26 June 2013) Image clearly shows flood receded areas in pink color and standing water in blue color. Further image clearly depict extent of crop loss in along the floodplains. [hr top=”no”/] Heavy monsoon rains have arrived early this year in northern India
Measuring a plant’s health from the sky (June 24, 2013) - Satellite-based remote sensing has revolutionized the measurement of evapotranspiration, but computer models need to be constantly refined to be reliable. An IWMI scientist has compared competing models to come up with a benchmarking framework that could lead to greater accuracy.   Yann Chemin studied tropical agricultural management as an undergraduate and natural resource management for
Evaluating the flow regulating functions of natural ecosystems in the Zambezi River Basin (June 19, 2013) - McCartney, Matthew; Cai, Xueliang; Smakhtin, Vladimir. 2013. Evaluating the flow regulating functions of natural ecosystems in the Zambezi River Basin. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 51p. (IWMI Research Report 148) [doi] Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (2.82MB)
How to prevent the Volta countries from drying up? (June 17, 2013) - The theme of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is drought and water scarcity. Don’t let our future dry up! In the open plateaus of Burkina Faso the Volta rises from the union of the Black, White and Red Voltas, twisting its way southward through Ghana and eventually discharging in the Gulf
Sri Lankan water history informs global climate change study (June 14, 2013) - Modern farming practice of rainwater storage in ancient tanks lauded as best practice adaptation strategy Bonn, Germany. 14 JUNE 2013 —Whether it’s bracing for drought in Sri Lanka with a return to ancient water storage systems or swapping coffee for cocoa in Central America, findings from a new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate
No regrets for agriculture: Study urges new climate change policies (June 14, 2013) - One of the biggest challenges policy-makers face when dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation is the uncertainty of predictions. This often leads them to ask climate scientists for more reliable forecasts, rather than starting to act. But even though knowledge and climate models will improve, there will always remain a pinch of uncertainty. Yet
World Environment Day 2013 World Environment Day: Will the growth of India’s dairy industry put more pressure on water resources? (June 11, 2013) - Think. Eat. Save is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day.  The focus is on the food choices we make and how informed decisions can reduce the environmental impact of what we eat. IWMI researchers have been exploring the impact of water use in India’s huge dairy sector. India loves milk. The world’s second
a landscape approach to resource management Tending the Trees in Tigray: Are local bylaws an effective way to regulate community resources? (June 11, 2013) - To coincide with the 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, taking place in Japan this week, we highlight research on community resource management in Ethiopia. “People are selfish by nature and, when left to manage them on their own, will overexploit natural resources.” This is the picture that
Land grab or investment opportunity? Does transparency make the difference? (June 11, 2013) - Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) by foreign investors, often referred to as ‘land-grabs’ in the media, have been increasingly witnessed in Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia and have sparked much international debate. Rising costs for food and fuel coupled with water scarcity have been the motivation behind those LSLAs and alone since 2006 around
Wise about Water: New research program for Sri Lanka seeks to better understand water use, agriculture and the environment (June 11, 2013) - On World Environment Day, Dharshani Weerasekera , reflects on how Sri Lanka’s water resources will need careful husbandry to ensure high quality supplies are available to all. For most of us, especially in Colombo, the torrential rains of December 2012 and January this year were just an inconvenience. But their consequences elsewhere in the island
Water Cycle poster for SL Schools launched for World Environment Day (June 5, 2013) - Colombo. 5 June 2013 – The Colombo based International Water Management Institute (IWMI), together with partner organization Lanka Jalani, launched a poster for schools to mark world environment day and 2013, the UN Year of Water Cooperation. Depicting the water cycle in Sri Lanka, the poster (23.5cm x 30 cm) is a colourful illustration of
Sustaining rice production in a changing climate: testing climate uncertainties and validating selected adaptation measures. Policy manual, Climarice II Project (May 27, 2013) - Nagothu, U. S.; Xenarios, S.; Rafoss, T.; Geethalakshmi, V.; Lakshmanan, A.; Annamalai, H.; Kuppannan, Palanisami; Kakumanu, Krishna Reddy; Balaji, N. 2013. Sustaining rice production in a changing climate: testing climate uncertainties and validating selected adaptation measures. Policy manual, Climarice II Project. Aas, Norway: Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk); Honolulu, Hawai: International Pacific Research Center
Water management in the hill regions: evidence from field studies (May 27, 2013) - Kuppannan, Palanisami; Sharda, V. N.; Singh, D. V. (Eds.) 2013. Water management in the hill regions: evidence from field studies. [Outcome of the IWMI and ICAR workshop organized by IWMI-TATA Water Policy Research Program]. New Delhi, India: Bloomsbury Publishing India. 288p. Keywords / Abstract
Cities as sources of irrigation water: an Indian scenario. IWMI-Tata Water Policy Research Highlight (May 27, 2013) - Amerasinghe, Priyanie; Jampani, Mahesh; Drechsel, Pay. 2013. Cities as sources of irrigation water: an Indian scenario. IWMI-Tata Water Policy Research Highlight, 53 (rev. ed.). 8p. Keywords / Abstract   |  Fulltext (353KB)
Manual of the Training on Flood Inundation Mapping and Modeling: Case Study of Bangladesh (May 27, 2013) - Amarnath, Giriraj; Rajah, Ameer. 2013. Manual of the Training on Flood Inundation Mapping and Modeling: Case Study of Bangladesh, held at the Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 12 – 16 May 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 119p. Keywords / Abstract
Manual of the Training on Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Flood Inundation Mapping for Spate Irrigation Assessment in Sudan (May 27, 2013) - Amarnath, Giriraj; Sharma, Bharat. 2013. Manual of the Training on Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Flood Inundation Mapping for Spate Irrigation Assessment in Sudan, jointly organized by IWMI, the Hydraulic Research Institute (HRS), Sudan, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held at Wad Medani, Sudan, 15-17 January 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water
Hydropower Development and Livelihoods: A quest for a balanced approach through research and private sector cooperation (May 23, 2013) - The International Hydropower Association World Congress is running this week in Sarawak, Malaysia on the theme of Advancing Sustainable Hydropower. Research by IWMI and partners as part of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food is looking at the livelihood impacts of dam development in Laos. The Mekong region of South East Asia is
Will desalination and clean energy solve the global water crisis? (May 22, 2013) - 1.8 billion people are predicted to live in areas of extreme water scarcity by 2025. As drinkable water reserves are getting scarce and population increases globally, desalination, a process that derives freshwater from sea or brackish water, is becoming more and more widespread. But before desalination can make a real contribution to water availability, several
CGIAR Drylands Research Program Launched (May 21, 2013) - Amman, 21 May.  A new research approach to improving productivity on the world’s driest lands is being launched today. The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems will combine several research disciplines including crop selection and rotation, natural resources management and socio-economics. The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) will take the
An irrigation canal near the Blue Nile waterfall in Ethiopia Linking climate change and water resources in the Upper Blue Nile (May 20, 2013) - “As climate change kicks in during the second half of the century, irrigation and hydropower development may no longer be able to meet the demands of Ethiopians.” Matthew McCartney addresses the likely impacts of climate change on water infrastructure development in the Upper Blue Nile. He says that, up to now, climate change has not
International Day for Biological Diversity (May 20, 2013) - Wetlands: A new paradigm “People need to manage wetlands themselves” IWMI’s Matthew McCartney is one of the editors of Wetlands Management and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa, published this week. In this book, the editors argue for a paradigm shift in the way African wetlands are considered and stress the need for Integrated Water Resource Management
New partnership will explore how SL can avoid pollution from human waste (May 10, 2013) - IWMI/Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage research project will look at how human waste from septic tanks can be turned into valuable fertilizer rather than an environmental concern. Download full media release
Linking climate change and water resources in the Upper Blue Nile (May 6, 2013) - “As climate change kicks in during the second half of the century, irrigation and hydropower development may no longer be able to meet the demands of Ethiopians.” Matthew McCartney addresses the likely impacts of climate change on water infrastructure development in the Upper Blue Nile. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
Create livelihoods by turning waste into gold (April 18, 2013) - A research project aiming at Resource, Recovery and Reuse. A team of international researchers is currently looking into the opportunities of replication and up-scaling of viable business models within the solid and liquid waste sector. More than 150 viable business cases have been analyzed in Africa, Asia and Latin America to derive generic business models
Boomtime in Barind: a model for India’s irrigators to follow? (April 10, 2013) - Dr Asaduz Zaman talks about the innovative approach his organization took to sustainable irrigation management in Bangladesh, which he recently presented at Asia Water Week in Manila, Philippines. IWMI’s Anna Deinhard talks to Dr Asaduz Zaman about the innovative approach his organization took to sustainable irrigation management in Bangladesh, which he recently presented at Asia
Groundwater management: a dilemma in the Upper Bhima Basin (April 9, 2013) - Newly published research from the International Water management Institute (IWMI) and partners has turned the groundwater spotlight on the Upper Bhima River Basin in central Maharastra State and raised alarming concerns about future groundwater availability. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
More rice for less outlay: fact or fiction? (April 9, 2013) - Researchers from the IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program investigated the impact of SRI practices in India, and in a recently published report Impact of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI): analysis of SRI practices in 13 states of India they suggested that, on the whole, SRI adopters did achieve comparatively higher yields than more traditional approaches.
When solving water problems, pragmatic often trumps perfect (April 8, 2013) - The International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Mark Giordano has struck a chord recently with his presentations of why Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) might not always be the best approach to solving our water problems. Read More Source: http://wle.cgiar.org/blogs/
Is India wasting its wastewater? (April 7, 2013) - More than 1 million hectares of urban land in India could be irrigated for crops if wastewater was made safe for use, according to a newly published research report from the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
News360.lk: IWMI ready to help Sri Lanka tackle the spread of chronic kidney decease (April 4, 2013) - International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says the issue of chronic kidney decease of unknown etiology that has afflicted a significant number of people in the North Central Province and elsewhere in Sri Lanka, is more complex than a similar case occurred in Thailand. Read More Source: www.news360.lk
Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Parched India harvesting dew (April 3, 2013) - “The first shower is used to clean overhead tanks and then from the second shower, water is collected. Some 60,000 tankas have been constructed in Saurashtra,” says Tushaar Shah, senior fellow at the International Water Management Institute. Over 1,400 households were given funds to build tankas of up to 20,000 litres capacity. Read More Source:
Sundaytimes.lk: Water management: Preserving our heritage and moving with the times (April 2, 2013) - A new programme of research led by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Published last week, Cooperation for a water-secure future: A new research strategy for Sri Lanka, outlines an ambitious programme of investigations that will help fill vital
Washingtonpost.com: Indian states fight over river usage (April 2, 2013) - The river disputes are one such example, said Tushaar Shah, a senior fellow at the International Water Management Institute, a research group headquartered in Sri Lanka. “I do think [the disputes] are getting worse. It’s become a political issue, and state politicians are always playing to the galleries.” Read More Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Island.lk: New research project to help Sri Lanka achieve water security (March 28, 2013) - A new program of researchled by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Read More Source: www.island.lk
The-scientist.com: Opinion: The Water Crisis (March 27, 2013) - A 2009 study of water and food issues in Asia by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that without dramatic improvements in irrigation, many high-population Asian nations will lack one-quarter of the grain they need to feed their people by 2050. Read More Source: www.the-scientist.com
Businessweek.com: Full Streams, Parched Nations (March 25, 2013) - Over one-fifth of the world’s population goes thirsty due to economic water scarcity, in which pollution, inadequate infrastructure, and poverty conspire to keep them dry-even as their basins overflow. Read More Source: www.businessweek.com
Lankabusinessonline.com: Sri Lanka should act on efficient water use early: IWMI (March 25, 2013) - “With population, urbanization and increasing industrial growth, there are competing demands on water, it is not only agriculture,” Jeremy Bird, director general of the International Water Management Institute, which is headquartered in Colombo. Read More Source: www.lankabusinessonline.com
Edition.cnn.com: Are African land grabs really water grabs? (March 25, 2013) - (CNN) — Millions of hectares of land have been acquired in the past few years across Africa by investors who are moving into large-scale agriculture to take advantage of potential windfall gains. Popularly these deals have become known as “land grabbing,” but they could just as well have been framed as “water grabs.” Read More
Press Release – World Water Day 2013 (March 25, 2013) - Jeremy Bird, Director General of IWMI, is on the panel of the High-Level Interactive Dialogue on Water Cooperation of the UN General Assembly which will provide the opportunity to identify and discuss water-related challenges and key areas which will require stronger political support and greater cooperation at the international level. Read More Source: iwmi4.wpengine.com
High-Level Interactive Dialogue of the 67th session of the UNGA (March 21, 2013) - Jeremy Bird, Director General of IWMI, is on the panel of the High-Level Interactive Dialogue on Water Cooperation of the UN General Assembly which will provide the opportunity to identify and discuss water-related challenges and key areas which will require stronger political support and greater cooperation at the international level. The event will also explore
New research project will help Sri Lanka achieve water security (March 20, 2013) - Colombo (20 March 2013) – A new program of research led by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
River basins and watershed management: From Concept to Reality (March 12, 2013) - To improve sustainable management of rivers, there needs to be a greater emphasis on basin and local level management. But, there are few platforms that aggregate geographically specific information. Riversnetwork is an open, online resource that aggregates information on river basins by region. Read More Source: http://wle.cgiar.org/blogs/
Trust.org: Peace brings new pressures on water in northern Sri Lanka (March 11, 2013) - “The issue in the region is not water scarcity, at least not right now,” said Herath Manthrithilake, head of the Sri Lanka Initiative at the International Water Management Institute. “It is a case of water management-or lack of it.” Read More Source: www.trust.org
Pr.com: FISHBIO Launches New Website to Improve Study of the Mekong River Across Borders (March 7, 2013) - FISHBIO has launched a new website to improve the study, management, and conservation of the Mekong River’s unique and valuable fishes. The website supports the Mekong Fish Network to help researchers and managers communicate and collaborate with each other. Read More Source: www.pr.com
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2013 (March 7, 2013) - More than one-third of the female workforce is engaged in agriculture, while in regions like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia more than 60% of all female employment is in this sector. Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th and appreciate the hard work of all women around the world. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org/Topics/Gender
Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Around 80% of sewage in Indian cities flows into water systems (March 6, 2013) - Tushar Shah of International Water Management Institute said India was by far the highest user of groundwater with more than 20 million irrigation wells across the country and almost 80% people still depending on self-supply of water for personal consumption. Read More Source: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
UNWater.org: Examples of water cooperation (March 4, 2013) - If any of the people involved in water management do not cooperate, the ‘cooperation chain’ is broken and water resources will not be managed in the most effective way, with adverse effects on human lives and the economy. When water resources are cooperatively shared and managed, peace, prosperity and sustainable development are more likely to
‘Pressure on water resources set to rise’ – IWMI DG (February 28, 2013) - Jeremy Bird, Director General of IWMI, said ‘Pressure on water resources set to rise’ while being interviewed on Deutsche Welle which is Germany’s international radio station. Read More Source: http://mediacenter.dw.de
Call for nominations for the new Norman Borlaug Award (February 14, 2013) - The Norman Borlaug award for field research and application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation will honor an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing,
Nuffic.nl: Enhanced water management training in Ethiopia through NPT (February 12, 2013) - The project was implemented with Addis Ababa University (AAU) and seven other Ethiopian universities (Arba Minch, Bahir Dar, Dilla, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma, Mekelle) in Ethiopia. They were assisted by a Dutch providing consortium made up of UNESCO-IHE, Wageningen University, MetaMeta, Vrije Universiteit and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: www.nuffic.nl
Seeing the Sudd from Space (February 1, 2013) - First maps of the Sudd derived using radar remote sensing showing how flooding patterns change over time. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
Iede.co.uk: Solar-Powered Water Pumps Struggle to See the Light (January 24, 2013) - Solar-powered pumps run on electricity generated by photovoltaics and “have been around for 20 years in India,” according to Tushaar Shah, who leads a policy research partnership between the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust, called the IWMI-TATA Programme (ITP). Read More Source: www.iede.co.uk
Allafrica.com: Ethiopia: Govt’s Controversial Gibe III Mega-Dam (January 24, 2013) - “Ethiopia’s electricity generation capacity will go up; power cuts will be reduced; and electricity will be extended to at least some of the more than 70% of the population without access”, says Seleshi Bekele, a senior researcher with the Addis Ababa-based International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: allafrica.com
Scmp.com: China must invest abroad for food security, forum told (January 24, 2013) - “Food crisis can lead to political and economic uncertainty,” said Colin Chartres, a former director of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.scmp.com
Ethiopian farmers to get market boost (January 22, 2013) - January 22, 2013 –A new research for development project was launched today by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), both members of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org). Entitled ‘Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders – LIVES’, it will directly support of the Government of Ethiopia’s effort to
Voices from the field (January 22, 2013) - Check out the latest videos where IWMI scientists talk about their research work in agricultural water management. Read More Source: www.iwmi.org
Thisdaylive.com: Improved Agricultural Production to Boost Farmers’ Income (November 26, 2012) - Partners collaborating with IITA in implementation of the Humidtropics include the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the International Potato Centre (CIP), Bioversity International, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), the Forum for Agricultural Research
Sri Lanka’s First-ever Young Water Professionals Symposium (November 23, 2012) - IWMI joined Unilever Sri Lanka in co-sponsoring the event organized by the Sri Lanka Water Partnership (Lanka Jalani). The Minister of Water Supply and Drainage the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena was chief guest and 2007 Nobel Peace prize co-winner Prof. Mohan Munasinghe the keynote speaker. [box2 title=”IWMI and SLWP organizing committee with the chief guest” bgcolor=”#ffffff”
Poor farm families in the humid tropics to boost income from improved agricultural production systems (November 22, 2012) - IBADAN (23 NOVEMBER 2012) — Humidtropics, a major new research-for-development program launched this week, aims at increasing average farm income by 50% with a quarter of poor households lifted above the poverty line in the humid tropics in the next 15 years. Research leading to production system intensification will boost yields of staple crops and
Zehabesha.com: A new research tries to mitigate Egyptian concern over the Nile dam project (November 21, 2012) - VENTURES AFRICA – New research has suggested there is sufficient water in the Nile to support all 10 countries it flows through. Read More Source: www.zehabesha.com
Sciencecodex.com: King’s Water Research Group co-convenes global conference on food and water security (November 21, 2012) - Collaborating groups at the conference included representatives from the International Land Coalition, the International Water Management Institute as well as academics from Princeton and Purdue, who provided their perspectives on FDI in agricultural land in developing countries. Read More Source: www.sciencecodex.com
Mekong: New video explores development challenges in one of South East Asia’s most important River Basins (November 20, 2012) - Mekong examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizen’s lives. It features stories of Mekong Citizen’s up and down the river, from fishers on the Tonle Sap, activists still fighting at the Pak Mun dam in Thailand, to a vice minister from Laos convinced he can build the region’s most “river-transparent”
Dailymirror.lk: Young Water Professionals Symposium begins Nov. 22 (November 20, 2012) - Sri Lanka’s first-ever Young Water Professionals Symposium (YWPS) will be held on Thursday, November 22, at the Galadari Hotel. Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Minister the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena will be the chief guest and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Prof. Mohan Munasinghe the keynote speaker. Unilever Sri Lanka Chairman Amal Cabraal, International Water
Thisdaylive.com: Nigeria Records 1.2m MT of Production Loss to Floods (November 20, 2012) - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has disclosed an estimated production loss of 1.2 million metric tonnes of crops to the recent flood that swept through some states of the federation. Read More Source: thisdaylive.com
Below ground storage could alleviate floods and drought (November 14, 2012) - New study explores win-win approach that could boost agricultural production and contribute to flood control on the Chao Phraya River. Storing excess water beneath the ground could alleviate a recurring cycle of floods and droughts Download Press Release [46kb] The monsoon season experienced by Thailand one year ago brought with it one of the worst
Farmingfirst.org: We can grow enough food, but will it cost us the earth? (November 6, 2012) - Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) focused on three concrete examples of how agricultural water use could be sustainably intensified in a presentation looking at case studies of groundwater extraction in two contrasting Indian states and the potential for small holder water management innovation in rural Tanzania. Read More Source:
Mekong.waterandfood.org: Water Wars over Mekong Dams an Unlikely Future (November 6, 2012) - Basins At Risk was initiated in 2002 by researchers at Oregon State University. One of the main project outputs was the International Water Events Database, a library of documented cases of conflict or cooperation in 144 river basins worldwide. Collaboration carried over to the International Water Management Institute when Giordano moved from Oregon State to
Smallholder Farmers Need Improved Stake in Nile’s Development (November 5, 2012) - There is enough water in the Nile basin to support development, but small farmers are at risk of being marginalised, says new book. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
A Familiar Fight Gets Tougher (October 31, 2012) - (Punta del Este, 31 October 2012) A major overhaul of water management strategies in developing countries will be needed to enable the world’s poorest to cope with climate change. That is the conclusion of a new report from the CGIAR research program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Released to coincide with the
‘Real farmers are not part of the Cauvery agitation’ – Rediff.com (October 25, 2012) - In this interview, Professor S Janakrajan of the Madras Institute of development Studies, talks about how the Cauvery Family was born, and how the members are coming out with a solution to sharing water between the two states. Read More Source: http://www.rediff.com
Allafrica.com: Nigeria: Bracing Up for Food Crisis After the Floods – AllAfrica.com (October 23, 2012) - Although Adesina disagrees with Mailafia, saying: “the team that came for a meeting with me today, I brought them from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka, to help us look at how we can manage the flood situation in places where farmlands are under water. Read More Source: allafrica.com
CCAFS.cgiar.org: Global flood hotspots being identified (October 22, 2012) - A research project established jointly by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is focused on identifying the global flood hotspots for climate mitigation studies and mapping flood risks areas using satellite remote-sensing datasets. Read More Source: ccafs.cgiar.org
Gatescambridge.wordpress.com: The second Green Revolution (October 18, 2012) - Just over a month ago, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, the Chairman of the World Food Prize called me to say that I had won the Inaugural Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. Read More Source: gatescambridge.wordpress.com
Aditi Mukherji receives Norman Borlaug Award (October 18, 2012) - [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] Dr. Aditi Mukherji was formally presented with the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application on October 17, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Mukherji received the award from Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize and Dr. Ronnie Caufman, Chair of the search committee at the World Food
Asiancorrespondent.com: The current global market system means that rich nations are literally sucking the developing world dry. (October 17, 2012) - This is done via wealthy, mostly Western, nations manufacturing water-intensive products in poor countries. For example, it takes 30 liters of water to make a cup of tea in the UK. Of course, no one drinks a 30 liter cup of tea, not literally anyway. Read More Source: asiancorrespondent.com
Globalfoodforthought.typepad.com: Commentary – A five-pronged strategy to revitalizing Asia’s public irrigation systems (October 17, 2012) - This commentary is part of a series organized by The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative and the World Food Prize to examine the relationship between water, agriculture, and food security in the lead up to this year’s Borlaug Dialogue. Read More Source: globalfoodforthought.typepad.com
Ngrguardiannews.com: FG Plans Food Distribution, Employs Satellite To Monitor Flood (October 16, 2012) - AS the nation grapples with the ravaging deluge in many parts of the federation, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has allayed fears of food shortages as the federal government is on ground to buy up food items from areas of surplus to ameliorate hunger in flood affected communities. Read More Source:
World Food Day: Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world (October 15, 2012) - Agricultural cooperatives are usually thought of in terms of pooled resources to help plant, harvest and market crops. But equally important are the cooperative arrangements that help manage natural resources. Perhaps the most common of these are water user associations. [box2 title=”Women with a basket full of green cucumber from her farm Photo: Ikuru Kawajima”
Hunger in Times of Land, Water, and Energy Pressures (October 11, 2012) - Washington, D.C.- Unsustainable use of land, water, and energy is threatening the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index, released for the seventh year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide. Read More Source: http://www.ifpri.org
Land and water degradation a “slumbering giant” (October 10, 2012) - New approaches to sustainable agriculture are having a major impact on global land and water degradation, according to a senior IWMI fellow Dr Andrew Noble, but the world still faces an unprecedented challenge to its natural systems through the neglect of soil and water systems. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
New Director General starts at IWMI (October 8, 2012) - The Board of Governors are delighted to announce that Jeremy Bird started his tenure as the new Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] (Colombo, 8 October) The Board of Governors are delighted to announce that Jeremy Bird started his tenure as the new Director General of the International
Postzambia.com: Farmer-led irrigation schemes can transform food security (October 1, 2012) - According to a report titled ‘Water for wealth and food security: Supporting farmer-driven investments in agricultural water management’ released by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), expanding the use of on-farm water management techniques could increase yields up to 300 per cent in some cases, and add tens of billions of US dollars to household
Irinnews.org: KENYA: Irrigation catches on (October 1, 2012) - KILIFI, 28 September 2012 (IRIN) – After years of devastating crop failures due to drought and erratic rainfall, smallholders in Kenya – who comprise the bulk of the country’s farmers – are increasingly taking up irrigation to boost their yields. Read More Source: www.irinnews.org
AmericanSecurityProject.org: A Coming Water Crisis? (September 25, 2012) - Forget terrorism, nuclear proliferation and economic depression, the biggest threat to international peace and prosperity might just be that empty water bottle you’re holding. Last Tuesday, the InterAction Council (IAC), a group of 40 prominent former government leaders, together with the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health released a report detailing the
IndiaWest.com: Young Scientist First Winner of Borlaug Field Award (September 25, 2012) - A young Indian social scientist whose research on groundwater resources in agriculture led to major policy changes benefiting thousands of farmers in West Bengal was named Aug. 27 the first recipient of the “Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application,” an award endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Read More Source: http://indiawest.com/
Wle.cgiar.org: From modelling to management (September 24, 2012) - Making management decisions about landscapes has always been challenging. It is very hard to predict how a complex system will respond when changes are made in the way that a resource is used or conserved. Read More Source: Wle.cgiar.org
Csmonitor.com: Beyond big dams: turning to grass-roots solutions on water (September 24, 2012) - Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts say. For developing nations, the answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps. Read More Source: www.csmonitor.com
Kusum Athukorala wins ‘Women in Water 2012′ award (September 23, 2012) - Kusum Athukorala, Chair of NetWater and the Sri Lanka Water Partnership, is the recipient of the ‘Women in Water 2012’ award by the International Water Association (IWA). The award, presented on September 19, 2012, at the World Water Congress held in Korea, recognizes Ms. Athukorala’s long association with, and deep commitment to, gender-related issues in
Yale.Edu: Beyond Big Dams – Turning to Grass Roots Solutions on Water (September 18, 2012) - Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say. For developing nations, the answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps and other readily available equipment. Read More Source: http://e360.yale.edu
WeAreWater.org: Wasted food, lost water (September 18, 2012) - World Water Week 2012, which is held annually in Stockholm, this year focused on water and food security, and more specifically on the problem of food waste. The official report Feeding a thirsty world: challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world was presented. The speakers emphasised increasing investments to improve the use
Nowpublic.com: Planet Inspired: Water, the fight against wasting begins with agr (September 13, 2012) - The growing demand for water is closely linked to the continuous increase in food production, and water pollution that renders enormous amounts of water unsuitable even for industrial uses. But the way to reduce our “water footprint” exists, starting from reducing the amount of fresh water taken from the natural cycle. Read More Source: www.nowpublic.com
Rural21.com: Farmer-led irrigation schemes could transform food security (September 13, 2012) - A new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Against this background the AgWater Solutions, a collaborative project initiated by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and supported by the International
LBO.lk: Sri Lanka based IWMI wins water prize (September 13, 2012) - Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been awarded a top Swedish prize for its work on improving water management in agriculture, food security and environmental health in developing nations. Read More Source: www.lbo.lk:
Island.lk: Sri Lanka based institute wins world award for water research (September 13, 2012) - Sri Lanka-based IWMI (International Water Management Institute) was presented with the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize at the annual World Water Week held in Stockholm last month. Read More Source: www.island.lk
Dailynews.lk: International Water Management Institute wins Stockholm Water Prize (September 13, 2012) - Sri Lanka- based IWMI (International Water Management Institute) was presented with the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize at the annual World Water Week held in Stockholm last month. Read More Source: www.dailynews.lk
Stwr.org: Paradigm shift in food security thinking at World Water Week (September 12, 2012) - At the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, some organisations put forward a new vision for achieving food and water security. This represents a shift in the paradigm that food production must be increased at all costs, and instead focuses on food waste and sustainable diets. Read More Source: www.stwr.org
Sciencenordic.com: Adapting rice cultivation to climate changes (September 12, 2012) - ndia’s millions of peasant farmers need to make their rice crops more robust in the face of the climate changes. A Norwegian-Indian project aims to increase crops also when little water is available. Read More Source: sciencenordic.com
Popsci.com: How Engineers Can Help Prevent Water Wars (September 12, 2012) - Somewhere around 2014, if all goes according to plan, Turkey will complete the Ilisu Dam, a major component of one of the world’s most ambitious-and controversial-hydro-engineering projects. The dam is the latest addition to the $32-billion Southeastern Anatolia Project (known by its Turkish acronym, GAP). Read More Source: www.popsci.com
Sei-international.org: New version of SEI’s water planning software links easily to energy tool for nexus analyses, adds IWMI environmental flow assessment module (September 11, 2012) - The new version of WEAP also adds a new function and wizard to help estimate and model environmental flows, incorporating the methodology of the Global Environmental Flow Calculator (GEFC), which was developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). This addresses a different set of nexus issues – the need to ensure that sufficient water
Reliefweb.int: Smallholder Farmers Driving New Trend Against Climate Change (September 10, 2012) - BULAWAYO, Aug 27 2012 (IPS) – Small-scale irrigation schemes can provide the biggest opportunity for boosting food security in Africa, according to Meredith Giordano, the research director at the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: reliefweb.int
Finchannel.com: No food without water (September 10, 2012) - Discussions centered on the question of how agricultural production can be increased by 40 to 50 per cent over the next 30 years in order to provide food security for a growing global population – even though there is not more water available. As KfW reported, at the conference some 1,500 experts from development policy
CNN.com: The driest season: Global drought causes major worries – CNN.com (September 10, 2012) - According to Colin Chartres, who heads the International Water Management Institute, we can expect more extreme weather. Read More Source: edition.cnn.com
Irishexaminer.com: Study: Go veggie or face global famine (September 7, 2012) - Co-written by a dozen experts from the institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the International Water Management Institute, the report provides new evidence that current methods of food production could lead to increased shortages and intense competition for scarce water resources in many regions of the world. Read More Source: www.irishexaminer.com
Post.jagran.com: News on “international water management institute” (September 7, 2012) - Citing examples from West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, a Stockholm-based water management institute has said that small-scale irrigation schemes could protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks. Read More Source: post.jagran.com
Worldwaterweek.org: New report outlines major threats and opportunities for water and food security (September 7, 2012) - The Stockholm International Water Institute today released its report “Feeding a thirsty world: Challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world”, which will provide official input into the discussions to take place at the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm on August 26-31. Read More Source: www.worldwaterweek.org
Businessweek.com: Sri Lanka Group Wins 2012 Water Prize for ‘More Crop Per Drop’ (September 7, 2012) - The International Water Management Institute, a Sri Lanka-based organization, was awarded the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize for research to help farmers produce “more crop per drop” and improve agricultural water management. Read More Source: www.businessweek.com
Main.omanobserver.om: Better water management is a must (September 7, 2012) - By Nina Chestney – FARMERS in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking up small-scale irrigation schemes as drought threatens the security of food supplies, a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said. Read More Source: main.omanobserver.om
Postnoon.com: Indian ryots get global kudos (September 7, 2012) - A research unearthed, for the first time, the scale at which enterprising farmers are themselves using their own resources innovatively rather than waiting for water to be delivered. Citing examples from West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, a Stockholm-based water management institute has said that small-scale irrigation schemes could protect millions of farmers from food insecurity
Blogs.nature.com: Borlaug award (September 7, 2012) - This week saw another alumnus of the Presidency College, fondly called the Oxford of the East, do India proud by bagging Rockefeller Foundation’s first ever Borlaug Field Award, which has been constituted to recognise young researchers helping farmers and hungry people around the world through science. Read More Source: blogs.nature.com
Nepadwatercoe.org: Commission launches water currents policy series (September 7, 2012) - The Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies International, has launched the WRC Water Currents Policy Series as part of the WRC Dialogues, which focus on topical water issues affecting the public and aim to serve as a platform for exchanging
Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Groundwater irrigation actually reduces poverty: Aditi Mukherji (September 7, 2012) - Aditi Mukherji, a social scientist with the International Water Management Institute, New Delhi, has just won the first Norman Borlaug Award for field research and application, given by the World Food Prize Foundation, for her work on usage of groundwater in agriculture. Read More Source: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
English.cri.cn: China Sets Good Examples for Sustainable Agriculture (September 7, 2012) - China has set up some positive examples for sustainable agriculture, said Colin Chartres, Director General of International Water Management Institute which received this year’s Stockholm Water Prize for its research work and its positive influence in Asia and Africa. Read More Source: english.cri.cn
English.cri.cn: African Expert Urges Support for Small Farmers (September 7, 2012) - Supporting small farmers in irrigation can achieve a big impact in food security in Africa as an important complementary measure, said Timothy Williams, Chairman of the International Water Management Institute Project in Ghana. Read More Source: english.cri.cn
Weekly.farmradio.org: Farmers boost yields, income with small-scale irrigation systems (September 7, 2012) - There’s a saying in the Gursum sub-district of Ethiopia’s Oromia region: “No pond, no wife.” Farmers in this region collect rainwater in ponds created with large plastic sheets. It’s a simple but effective way to harvest and store water for their crops. The technology was introduced in Gursum a decade ago and has changed the
Brandchannel.com: Nestle, SABMiller See World Water Week as Far From a Washout (September 7, 2012) - “If something isn’t given a value, people tend to waste it. Water is our most useful resource, but those using it often don’t even cover the costs of its infrastructure,” said Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking in Stockholm for 2012 World Water Week, which concluded Friday. Read More Source: www.brandchannel.com
Cisionwire.com: New version of SEI’s water planning software links easily to energy tool for nexus analyses, adds IWMI environmental flow assessment module (September 7, 2012) - The latest enhancements to the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, used by thousands of governments, researchers and nonprofits in 170 countries, were showcased at World Water Week in Stockholm last week. Read More Source: www.cisionwire.com
Waste-enterprisers.com: Hitting pause on aquaculture (September 7, 2012) - Over the last two plus years we’ve come a long way both with aquaculture and as a company. On the aquaculture front, we rehabilitated two waste stabilization ponds in Kumasi, built rearing infrastructure for our fingerlings, and increased stock survival rates from less than 5% to 75% over the course of three cultivations. Read More
Opic.gov: The OPIC Blog – Monthly News Wrap-up: August 2012 (September 7, 2012) - Late last month, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reported that farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasing the use of small-scale irrigation schemes as a result of drought that puts the security of food supplies at risk. Read More Source: www.opic.gov
Groundreport.com: Sustainability: Water, the fight against wasting “Blue Gold” begins with agriculture (September 4, 2012) - The growing demand for water is closely linked to the continuous increase in food production, and water pollution that renders enormous amounts of water unsuitable even for industrial uses. But the way to reduce our “water footprint” exists, starting from reducing the amount of fresh water taken from the natural cycle. Read More Source: www.groundreport.com
Voanews.com: Small-Scale Irrigation Nets Large-Scale Payoff (September 4, 2012) - A new study shows small-scale irrigation systems could boost farmers’ incomes by billions of dollars in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The research was discussed at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm. Read More Source: www.voanews.com
Voicesofyouth.org: Waste Food, Waste Water – A Message From World Water Week (September 4, 2012) - World Water Week-an annual conference in Stockholm dedicated to discussing the management of global water resources-opened Monday with a message about cleaning your plate. Read More Source: voicesofyouth.org
Cleanwateramericaalliance.org: Food for Thought (September 4, 2012) - There’s no better time than now for the American public to appreciate the “water-energy-food nexus,” or as I like to call it, the “liquid triangle of life”. To farmers across the U.S., particularly the Midwest, it’s painfully obvious: The historic drought, sweeping across the land like a silent tsunami, is wreaking economic, environmental, and emotional
Cgiar.org: Huge potential of farmer-led Innovation in water solutions (September 4, 2012) - As food prices escalate globally due to the failed monsoon season in Asia and the “super drought” in the US, a new study finds that smallscale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Read More Source: www.cgiar.org
Dw.de: South Asia: Fertile ground for small-scale irrigation (September 4, 2012) - A new study by the International Water Management Institute found that small-scale irrigation schemes could improve the lives of millions. In South Asia perhaps more than anywhere else, the benefits could be dramatic. Read More Source: www.dw.de
4-traders.com: Nestlé CEO urges for water to be given more value (September 3, 2012) - Speaking at the annual World Water Week event in Stockholm, Sweden, Mr Bulcke cited recent research suggesting the world risks a shortfall of almost one third of its cereal production by 2025 due to water scarcity. Read More Source: www.4-traders.com
Indianexpress.com: Global water meet: Indian Farmers hailed (September 3, 2012) - Citing examples from West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, a Stockholm-based water management institute has said that small-scale irrigation schemes could protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks. Read More Source: www.indianexpress.com
IWMI accepts 2012 Stockholm Water Prize (August 31, 2012) - Dr Colin Chartres, Director General of IWMI, accepting the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize on behalf of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden during World Water Week 2012. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org
Ecology.com: Farmer-Led Irrigation Schemes Could Transform Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (August 30, 2012) - Amid dire warnings, there are rays of hope emanating from around the world. People, not governments, who through ingenuity and hands on experience are creating productive farmland from arid land, fuel this hope. Read More Source: www.ecology.com
Newswatch.nationalgeographic.com: Waste Food, Waste Water – A Message From World Water Week (August 30, 2012) - World Water Week-an annual conference in Stockholm dedicated to discussing the management of global water resources-opened Monday with a message about cleaning your plate. Read More Source: newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
Dw.de: On-farm water solutions will be a life-changer (August 30, 2012) - A new study by the International Water Management Institute found that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia from food insecurity and climate risks. Read More Source: www.dw.de
Theupcoming.co.uk: Rising population could lead to forced vegetarianism by 2050 (August 30, 2012) - Leading scientists have issued their firmest warnings yet that we need to cut back on meat-based supplies if we wish to sustain the earth’s predicted population of 9billion by 2050. Read More Source: www.theupcoming.co.uk
Waste-management-world.com: Investment in Food Waste Reduction Vital to Global Water Security (August 30, 2012) - The need to increase both public and private sector investment to address the loss of food in the supply chain and cut consumer waste has been highlighted in the opening session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm. Read More Source: www.waste-management-world.com
Ipsnews.net: Sweden to Fund Innovations in Water Sector (August 30, 2012) - STOCKHOLM, Aug 29 2012 (IPS) – When the international community was struggling to ward off a potential decline in development aid in early 2000, it came up with a novel idea: a proposal for “new and innovative sources of financing”, including a tax on airline tickets and a levy on foreign exchange transactions. Read More
Ens-newswire.com: Quarter of World’s Freshwater Used to Grow Wasted Food (August 30, 2012) - STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 29, 2012 (ENS) – “More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over one billion tons of food that nobody eats,” Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, said Monday at the opening of World Water Week. Read More Source: ens-newswire.com
King5.com: Water scarcity may force worldwide vegetarianism, say scientists (August 29, 2012) - The Stockholm International Water Management Institute says, based on current trends, there won’t be enough water for croplands to feed the nine billion people on the planet in 2050. Read More Source: www.king5.com
Newswatch.nationalgeographic.com: Water Innovation Starts with the Farmer: Stockholm World Water Week (August 29, 2012) - This week (August 26-31) is Stockholm World Water Week. The 2012 Stockholm Water Prize is being awarded to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) for its work to improve agriculture water management, enhance food security, protect environmental health, and alleviate poverty in developing countries. The IWMI just released a study estimating that small-scale water management
Hindustantimes.com: Delhi scientist wins top award for aiding Bengal farmers (August 29, 2012) - A Delhi-based scientist, Aditi Mukherji has won arguably the world’s most prestigious award for young researchers in food and water management, named after the father of India’s Green Revolution Norman Borlaug. Read More Source: www.hindustantimes.com
Huffingtonpost.com: Vegetarian Diet Needed To Prevent Global Food And Water Crisis, Report Says (August 29, 2012) - A new report warns that unless the world’s population adopts a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years, we may face a global food shortage crisis nothing short of a catastrophe. Read More Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Redorbit.com: Scientists: Food Shortages May Lead To Global Vegetarianism (August 29, 2012) - You may love your bacon, but one day you might have to learn to love tofu bacon according to recent scientific estimates. Read More Source: www.redorbit.com
Worldfoodprize.org: Young Indian Scientist Announced as First Winner of the Borlaug Field Award (August 29, 2012) - Dr. Aditi Mukherji is the first recipient of the new Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The annual award will recognize researchers under 40 in the early stages of their work who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug. Read
Theupcoming.co.uk: Colin Chartres of the International Water Management Institute has proposed local water solutions as a way of protecting farmers whilst conserving water (August 29, 2012) - Colin Chartres of the International Water Management Institute has proposed local water solutions as a way of protecting farmers whilst conserving water Read More Source: www.theupcoming.co.uk
Allafrica.com: Africa: Smallholder Farmers Driving New Trend Against Climate Change (August 29, 2012) - Bulawayo – Small-scale irrigation schemes can provide the biggest opportunity for boosting food security in Africa, according to Meredith Giordano, the research director at the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: allafrica.com
Crawfordfund.org: Water for wealth and food security (August 29, 2012) - The International Water Management Institute, headed by Australian Dr Colin Chartes, was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize at last year’s Stockholm World Water Week. For this year’s event, being held from 26 August, IWMI have released research that finds that smallscale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate change in
Washpost.bloomberg.com: Stockholm Water Week to Focus on Food Waste, Water Efficiencies (August 29, 2012) - The Stockholm Industry Water Award will be given tomorrow to PepsiCo Inc., the world’s largest snack-food maker, for reducing water consumption in production and increasing water efficiency, saving almost 16 billion liters of water last year from a 2006 baseline. Read More Source: washpost.bloomberg.com
Ipsnews.net: Smallholder Farmers Driving New Trend Against Climate Change (August 29, 2012) - BULAWAYO, Aug 27 2012 (IPS) – Small-scale irrigation schemes can provide the biggest opportunity for boosting food security in Africa, according to Meredith Giordano, the research director at the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.ipsnews.net
Johnib.wordpress.com: World Water Week Opens With Call for Global Action to Reduce Food Waste (August 29, 2012) - Global leaders assembled today at the opening session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm called for substantial increases in public and private sector investment to reduce losses of food in the supply chain, enhance water efficiency in agriculture and curb consumer waste. Read More Source: johnib.wordpress.com
Deccanherald.com: Indian wins first Borlaug field research award (August 29, 2012) - Aditi Mukherji, a young Indian social scientist, has become the first recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application given by the World Food Prize Foundation. Read More Source: www.deccanherald.com
Radio interview with Dr Colin Chartres on ABC Radio Australia (August 29, 2012) - A new study by the International Water Management Institute known as IWMI is calling for more small-scale irrigation schemes to support farmers. Dr Colin Chartres, the institute’s Director General, says such schemes can protect millions from food instability and climate risks. Read More Source: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au
IWMI Director General calls for sustainable intensification of agriculture to avert global resource crisis (August 28, 2012) - Stockholm Water Prize Laureate’s speech challenges water professionals to abandon “business as usual” approaches to water management  [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] (Stockholm, 27 August) Addressing a packed opening plenary session at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, Dr Colin Chartres argued that the “paradox” of feeding up to two billion more people with limited
IWMI scientist wins major award for field research (August 28, 2012) - [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] (Stockholm, August 27) Aditi Mukherji, a senior social scientist based in IWMI’s Delhi office, has been announced as the first ever winner of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The $10,000 award, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented this October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the
Sacbee.com: World Water Week Opens With Call for Global Action to Reduce Food Waste (August 28, 2012) - Global leaders assembled today at the opening session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm called for substantial increases in public and private sector investment to reduce losses of food in the supply chain, enhance water efficiency in agriculture and curb consumer waste. Read More Source: www.sacbee.com
Suffolktimes.timesreview.com: Wickham’s irrigation institute to receive honor from Swedish sovereign (August 28, 2012) - A small agricultural irrigation research firm founded by Cutchogue fruit farmer and former supervisor Tom Wickham 25 years ago in Sri Lanka will be honored by the King of Sweden next week in a ceremony in Stockholm. Read More Source: suffolktimes.timesreview.com
Paepard.blogspot.com: Major threats and opportunities for water and food security (August 28, 2012) - The Stockholm International Water Institute released its report “Feeding a thirsty world: Challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world”, which will provide official input into the discussions to take place at the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm on August 26-31. Read More Source: paepard.blogspot.com
Digitaljournal.com: Op-Ed: World’s meat-eaters may be forced to turn vegetarian (August 28, 2012) - Meat-eaters may have to become vegetarians if water shortages and population growth continue. Consumption of protein from animal-based products must drop from the current 20% of the average diet to 5% in order to feed a projected 9 billion people. Read More Source: www.digitaljournal.com
Smh.com.au: Water shortages to hit food supply (August 28, 2012) - LEADING water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Read More Source: www.smh.com.au
Ipsnews.net: ‘Eating’ Water Latest and Rising Threat to a Thirsty World (August 28, 2012) - “More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over one billion tons of food that nobody eats,” Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), told delegates during the opening of the annual international water conference, World Water Week, in the Swedish capital Monday. Read More
Ecorazzi.com: Water Scarcity Could Force World To Vegetarian Diet (August 28, 2012) - The world’s leading water scientists believe that a growing population and a scarcity of water could force more people into adopting vegetarian diets. Research indicates that humans derive 20% of their protein from animal-based products, but that the number will drop to 5% by 2050 when there is an extra two-billion people expected to be
China.org.cn: World Water Week focus on water, food security (August 28, 2012) - More than 200 politicians, CEOs, scientists and leaders of international organizations from around the world gathered in Stockholm for the meeting, discussing solutions to reduce food waste in the supply chain and enhance water efficiency in agriculture and curb consumer waste, according to a statement released before the opening session. Read More Source: www.china.org.cn
Energydigital.com: World Water Week Opens With Call for Global Action to Reduce Food Waste (August 28, 2012) - Global leaders assembled today at the opening session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm called for substantial increases in public and private sector investment to reduce losses of food in the supply chain, enhance water efficiency in agriculture and curb consumer waste. Read More Source: www.energydigital.com
Africanbrains.net: A quiet water revolution (August 28, 2012) - Quietly, a revolution to develop cheap ways to draw water for irrigation is unfolding in small villages and rural regions in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a new three-year study has found. This movement has the ability to turn agriculture around in the developing world. Read More Source: www.africanbrains.net
Chimalaya.org: Climate Change ‘May Boost South-East Asian Agriculture’ (August 28, 2012) - Scidevnet: Increased rainfall and temperature due to climate change could bring benefits to South-East Asian agriculture, a study suggests, contradicting more common expectations that a warmer planet will reduce agricultural productivity in the region. Read More Source: chimalaya.org
Watermedia.org: Vignettes from the first day of Stockholm World Water Week (August 28, 2012) - Today was the first day of Stockholm World Water Week 2012. This is the 4th time I am attending SWWW, having attended it in 2003, 2006 and 2009. I love SWWW, not only because I get to meet all my water friends from around the world, but also because I get to hear such interesting
Globalgeopolitics.net: Smallholder Farmers Driving New Trend Against Climate Change (August 28, 2012) - BULAWAYO, Aug 27 (IPS) – Small-scale irrigation schemes can provide the biggest opportunity for boosting food security in Africa, according to Meredith Giordano, the research director at the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: globalgeopolitics.net
Other-news.info: ‘Eating’ Water Latest and Rising Threat to a Thirsty World (August 28, 2012) - STOCKHOLM, Aug 27 2012 (IPS) – Paradoxically, the water we “eat” is likely to become one of the growing new dangers to millions of the world’s thirsty, hungering for this finite natural resource. Read More Source: www.other-news.info
UK Secretary of State for International Development congratulates IWMI (August 28, 2012) - Ahead of the award ceremony for the Stockholm Water Prize, Andrew Mitchell, the UK Secretary of State for International Development has congratulated IWMI on becoming the 2012 prize laureate. [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″] Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development[/box2] “The International Water Management Institute has done some outstanding work tackling the water
Egineeringnews.co.za: Drought, food supply fears boost small-scale irrigation – study (August 27, 2012) - Farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking up small-scale irrigation schemes as drought threatens the security of food supplies, a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said. Read More Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za
Modernghana.com: Local irrigation systems provide better food security: study (August 27, 2012) - STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Farmer-led irrigation schemes provide better food security, protect millions of farmers from climate risks and reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a new study showed Friday. Read More Source: www.modernghana.com
Enn.com: Climate change ‘may boost South-East Asian agriculture’ (August 27, 2012) - Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted that precipitation levels in vast areas of South-East Asia will remain stable, and most of the anticipated changes will occur over the sea, rather than over land. Read More Source: www.enn.com
Africasciencenews.org: Food security: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia need farmer-led irrigation schemes (August 27, 2012) - A new study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR consortium research center, released ahead of Stockholm World Water Week has found that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Read More Source: www.africasciencenews.org
Reliefweb.int: Food: A quiet water revolution (August 27, 2012) - JOHANNESBURG, 24 August 2012 (IRIN) – Quietly, a revolution to develop cheap ways to draw water for irrigation is unfolding in small villages and rural regions in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a new three-year study has found. This movement has the ability to turn agriculture around in the developing world. Read More Source: reliefweb.int
Guardian.co.uk: Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists (August 27, 2012) - Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Read More Source: www.guardian.co.uk
News.softpedia.com: Small-Scale Irrigation Schemes Now Argued to Ensure Food Security (August 27, 2012) - Seeing how the global food industry has been severely impacted by recent developments in terms of weather patterns, and environmental conditions, the case is now made that farmers living in the developing regions of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia need be allowed to manage their own local water resources, as their small-scale solutions are much
IrinNews.org – FOOD: A quiet water revolution (August 26, 2012) - JOHANNESBURG, 24 August 2012 (IRIN) – Quietly, a revolution to develop cheap ways to draw water for irrigation is unfolding in small villages and rural regions in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a new three-year study has found. This movement has the ability to turn agriculture around in the developing world. Read More Source: http://www.irinnews.org
SciDev.net: Climate change ‘may boost South-East Asian agriculture’ (August 26, 2012) - Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted that precipitation levels in vast areas of South-East Asia will remain stable, and most of the anticipated changes will occur over the sea, rather than over land. Read More Source: http://www.scidev.net
News24.com: Local irrigation linked to food security (August 24, 2012) - When farmers manage their small-scale irrigation systems themselves their yields can increase by up to 300% in some cases and add tens of billions of dollars to household revenues, the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found in its study. Read More Source: www.news24.com
Phys.org: Farmer-led irrigation schemes could alter food security in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (August 24, 2012) - As food prices escalate globally due to the failed monsoon season in Asia and the “super drought” in the US, a new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR consortium research
Dutchwatersector.com: Stockholm World Water Week 2012: Dutch experts focus on global water issues (August 23, 2012) - The water supply will stabilize and the demand will increase sharply. So if nothing is done, water scarcity will increase the next 20 years. This is predicted by Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka. His institute will receive the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize. Read More Source:
Borealisgroup.com: Borealis at Stockholm World Water Week 2012 (August 23, 2012) - Borealis and Borouge are co-founder of this prestigious prize. The Laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize 2012 is the International Water Management Institute, headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Read More Source: www.borealisgroup.com
Siwi.org: SIWI report outlines major threats and opportunities for water and food security (August 23, 2012) - Authored by a dozen experts from SIWI, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the report provides new evidence that shows how continuing current trends in food production could lead to increased shortages and intense competition for scarce water resources in many regions across the
Engineeringnews.co.za: Commission launches water currents policy series (August 23, 2012) - The Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies International, has launched the WRC Water Currents Policy Series as part of the WRC Dialogues, which focus on topical water issues affecting the public and aim to serve as a platform for exchanging
Af.reuters.com: Drought, food supply fears boost small-scale irrigation -study (August 23, 2012) - LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking up small-scale irrigation schemes as drought threatens the security of food supplies, a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said. Read More Source: af.reuters.com
Eurekalert.org: Farmer-led irrigation schemes could alter food security in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (August 23, 2012) - STOCKHOLM (24 AUGUST 2012)—As food prices escalate globally due to the failed monsoon season in Asia and the “super drought” in the US, a new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a
In.reuters.com: Drought, food supply fears boost small-scale irrigation -study (August 23, 2012) - LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking up small-scale irrigation schemes as drought threatens the security of food supplies, a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said. Read More Source: www.in.reuters.com
New research sheds light on huge potential of farmer-led innovation in water solutions. (August 23, 2012) - Results suggest that water management investment priorities should be reassessed to boost global food security and poverty alleviation. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
IWMI at the ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ fair (August 22, 2012) - Seattle, USA 14-15 August 2012 [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″]IWMI’s Josiane Nikiema (left) and Olufunke Cofie flanking Hon. Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, The Ghanaian Minister for Local Government and Rural Development at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle.[/box2] Bill Gates has issued a challenge: Can the world’s innovators develop a cheap safe toilet that can save
SIWI report outlines major threats, opportunities for water, food security (August 21, 2012) - Authored by a dozen experts from SIWI, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the report provides new evidence that shows how continuing current trends in food production could lead to increased shortages and intense competition for scarce water resources in many regions across the
Thehindubusinessline.com: Norway funds climate change project in AP, TN (August 20, 2012) - The other four partners in the consortium set up for the purpose are International Water Management Institute, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Bioforsk and WRO. Read More Source: www.thehindubusinessline.com
Icarda.org: IWMI promotes Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Fergana Valley (August 13, 2012) - To improve institutional mechanisms for transboundary water management in STTs, the Integrated Water Resources Management in Fergana Valley (IWRM-Fergana) project has been implemented by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) since 2001. Read More Source: www.icarda.org
Cleanwateramericaalliance.org: SHIFTING TO GREEN: Leaders Spotlight Their Best Models (August 13, 2012) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) was named the winner of the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize on World Water Day back in March, but will be honored this month in Stockholm. Read More Source: www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org
Sri Lanka’s First Young Water Professional Symposium (August 9, 2012) - August 7, 2012 This opportunity is for young water professionals in Sri Lanka to define their aspirations, articulate their perspectives, clarify their roles in relation to personal, institutional and national goals and contribute out of the box thinking to better plan, manage and utilize our water resources. [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] Sri Lanka Water Partnership
IWMI accepts the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize (August 8, 2012) - Dr Colin Chartres, Director General of IWMI, accepting the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize on behalf of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden   Related content: New research sheds light on huge potential of farmer-led innovation in water solutions IWMI Director General calls for sustainable intensification of
Globalwaterforum.org: India’s groundwater crisis (August 6, 2012) - Other studies have supported this proposal8, with particular focus on community level groundwater recharge and the use of communally managed alternatives to groundwater, such as small dams. Notably, the International Water Management Institute administered a successful trial targeting farming villages in Gujarat state, the results of which are now being incorporated into national policy. Read
As cities grow, technology could help the world’s thirst (July 27, 2012) - Interview with IWMI Director General, Colin Chartres on AlertNet. [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″]A farmer waters vegetable seedlings in his garden in Pateros, Metro Manila, on April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro[/box2] Reuters AlertNet’s special report on water issues includes video, commentary, useful infographics and dozens of feature articles. Readers can post comments to join in
Special report on IWMI at Ramsar COP11 (July 27, 2012) - Every three years the signatories to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, better known as the Ramsar Convention, attend a Conference of the Parties (COP) to assess progress, share knowledge and experience on technical issues, and plan work for the next triennium. This year’s COP in Bucharest, Romania, was attended by Matthew McCartney and
Un.org: Why Water Management Starts at the Local Level (June 25, 2012) - The International Water Management Institute, the 2012 Stockholm Prize winner, and the Food and Agriculture Organization work to share knowledge on water use in agriculture. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), of which I am a member, conceptualized and promoted the creation of the UN-HABITAT Global Water Operators’ Partnerships precisely
Thehindu.com: Water on paper (June 25, 2012) - Chappuis and Satya Prakash Tucker; Pub. By IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program, International Water Management Institute and Visual Information System for Action, Hyderabad. Not priced. Read More Source: www.thehindu.com
Saving soil through shifting cultivation (June 17, 2012) - World Day to Combat Desertification, 17th June. The theme for 2012 is: “Healthy soil sustains your life: Let’s go land-degradation neutral” Soil erosion in Southeast Asia’s uplands can lead to serious land degradation. A new study suggests legislation limiting traditional shifting cultivation actually increases the erosion rates. Current polices on land-use planning should be reconsidered
Globalwaterforum.org: Water pollution in Asia: The urgent need for prevention and monitoring (June 12, 2012) - Alexandra Evans is a researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo. She works on wastewater management particularly in relation to its reuse in agriculture, with a focus on both water quality issues and livelihoods. Read More Source: www.globalwaterforum.org
Ilriclippings.wordpress.com: CGIAR Drylands Research Program sets directions for East and Southern Africa (June 8, 2012) - The June 2012 workshop has been developed by an interim Interdisciplinary Research Team headed by ILRI, with participants from the World Agroforestry Institute (ICRAF), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Read More Source: Ilriclippings.wordpress.com
Businesswire.com: Ecolab Announces Commitment to World Wildlife Fund and the Alliance for Water Stewardship (June 8, 2012) - The Nature Conservancy, Pacific Institute, Water Stewardship Australia, World Wildlife Fund, Water Witness International, Water Environment Federation, European Water Partnership, International Water management Institute, UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, and Carbon Disclosure Project. Read More Source: www.businesswire.com
Cropwatch.unl.edu: No One-size-fits-all Solutions to Water, Food Security (June 8, 2012) - Colin Chartres, director general of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute, defined the stark challenge this way: Based on current trends, by 2030 the world will need double the water it requires now. Read More Source: cropwatch.unl.edu
Call for Papers – The Securitization of Water Discourse (June 7, 2012) - An international workshop and public event organized by the Jerusalem Water Group of the Hebrew University as part of the EU CLICO project. 17th to 18th December, 2012, at the Three Arches hotel, Jerusalem. Read More Source: iwmi4.wpengine.com
Unsustainable water use threatens agriculture, business and populations in China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and USA – global study (May 21, 2012) - The viability of water supplies throughout key regions of China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the US are under threat from unsustainable domestic, agricultural and industrial demands, according to a new study that maps water use down to 10km² worldwide. Read More Source: maplecroft.com
Fresh water demand driving sea-level rise faster than glacier melt (May 21, 2012) - Humanity’s unquenchable thirst for fresh water is driving up sea levels even faster than melting glaciers, according to new research. The massive impact of the global population’s growing need for water on rising sea levels is revealed in a comprehensive assessment of all the ways in which people use water. Read More Source: www.guardian.co.uk
2012 Conference Features Global Perspectives (May 14, 2012) - More than 40 speakers from around the world will offer diverse perspectives on water and food security at the fourth global Water for Food Conference, May 30-June 1, in Lincoln, Neb. Read More Source: waterforfood.nebraska.edu
Rockefeller Foundation sponsors competition on improving the efficiency of agricultural water use (May 14, 2012) - Agriculture uses account for 70% of freshwater globally. Irrigation has improved yields, incomes, climate resilience, and food security, but has also depleted and polluted freshwater resources for other uses. Solutions to improve agricultural water use efficiency are out there, but investment, incentives, political will, and capacity to implement and scale reforms in water use practices
IWMI scientist appointed to board of South Africa’s Water Research Commission (May 9, 2012) - [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] Barbara van Koppen, a principal researcher based in IWMI’s Pretoria office has been appointed to the board of the South African government’s Water Research Commission (WRC). A rural sociologist by background, van Koppen is a specialist in poverty and gender.Her recent research has included investigating the potential of multiple use water
Chaifm.com: Audio – South African radio station interview (May 9, 2012) - South African radio station interview with Karen Villholth, Senior Researcher – Groundwater Management at IWMI. Read More Source: chaifm.com
The Crawford Fund calls for nominations for its Crawford Fund Fellowship for 2012 (May 9, 2012) - The Crawford Fund Fellowship provides further training for an agricultural scientist whose work has shown potential. This prestigious Award provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to spend a period of focussed study and training in Australia, with resulting benefits to the Awardee as well as to their country’s agriculture and Australia. Read More Source:
Cattlenetwork.com: Water for Food Conference features global perspectives (May 8, 2012) - Colin Chartres, director general, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, which won this year’s World Water Prize. Read More Source: cattlenetwork.com
Globalwaterforum.org: Understanding water scarcity: Definitions and measurements (May 8, 2012) - A third measure of water scarcity was developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). This approach attempts to solve the problems listed above by including: each country’s water infrastructure, such as water in desalination plants, into the measure of water availability; including recycled water by limiting measurements of water demand to consumptive use rather
Bangkokpost.com: Scientists looking at ‘climate-smart’ agriculture for cost-effective flood prevention. (May 8, 2012) - Pumping water back into the soil is possible and could be an alternative to large dam constructions and water retention development, according to Matthew McCartney of the Vientiane-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: www.bangkokpost.com
NationalGeographic.com: Scientists Race to Save World’s Rice Bowl From Climate Change (May 3, 2012) - Climate change is predicted to cause more intense and frequent floods and droughts in Southeast Asia, threatening the world’s rice bowl and millions of people who live there unless preventive actions are taken soon, scientists warn. Read More Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com
NationalGeographic.com: Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies (May 1, 2012) - New research by the International Water Management Institute characterizes nine states in India, including Gujarat, as having “critical” groundwater condition, where pumping exceeds the long-term recharge of the aquifers. Read More Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com
Scotlandfoodanddrink.org: Award-winning Water Specialist to Speak at World Potato Congress 2012 (April 19, 2012) - Dr Colin Chartres, director-general of the International Water Management Institute, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is to speak at World Potato Congress 2012 (WPC2012). Read More Source: www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org
Worldwide research initiative launched to tackle global crises in water, food and the environment (March 27, 2012) - LONDON (27 March 2012) – An ambitious new research program, launched today by the world’s largest consortium of agricultural researchers, aims to address some of the world’s most pressing problems related to boosting food production and improving livelihoods, whilst simultaneously protecting the environment. The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems is a ten
IWMI wins ‘world’s most prestigious prize’ for water research (March 22, 2012) - The Stockholm International Water Institute has announced that the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Speaking at a ceremony in Stockholm today the awarding committee cited IWMI’s extraordinary contribution to the development of ‘new policies and investments in agriculture that have not only enabled more productive use of water,
Celebrating International Women’s Day (March 7, 2012) - Two sides of the same coin: Balancing gender mainstreaming in urban agriculture. IWMI research in Ghana suggests that poor access to irrigation may discourage some women from taking up urban farming, but men also feel disadvantaged by female domination of the marketing sector. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
A major step in the fight against hunger as CGIAR Consortium attains International Organization Status (March 6, 2012) - PARIS, FRANCE (2 March 2012) – The CGIAR Consortium, representing the world’s largest global agriculture research partnership aimed at reducing rural poverty and hunger was officially granted International Organization status today. Read More Source: iwmi4.wpengine.com
IWMI board announces new Director General (March 1, 2012) - [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] (Colombo, 1 March) The board of governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Bird as the next director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Mr Bird brings diverse experience to IWMI as it faces the challenges of sustainable land and water management in an environment of increasing
Sustainable smallholder agriculture: Feeding the world, protecting the planet (February 13, 2012) - The Thirty-fifth Session of IFAD’s Governing Council provides a forum for Member States, partners and the public to discuss and debate what needs to be done to enable smallholder farmers to contribute to raising food availability by70 per cent by 2050, which is what will be required to feed a growing, more urbanized population. Bill
Bangkokpost.com: Liuzhou scare brings to mind local tragedy (February 3, 2012) - The Mae Tao cadmium saga began in 2004, when foreign scientists from the International Water Management Institute found that several hundred villagers in the three tambons had high levels of cadmium in their blood. Read More Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com
Wateronline.com: New Survey Of The Effects Of Climate Change On India’s Water Supplies Offers Hope For Water Stressed Regions (February 3, 2012) - The book, Water and Climate Change: an integrated approach to adaptation challenges is the culmination of the three year Climawater project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Bioforsk, a national research institute in Norway and implemented by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi and the International Water Management Institute. Read
World Wetlands Day, 2012 (February 1, 2012) - Wetland tourism: a great experience New IWMI research highlights the challenges of developing wetlands tourism in Africa. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
New survey of the effects of climate change on India’s water supplies offers hope for water stressed regions (January 31, 2012) - A major new survey of the likely effects of climate change on India’s water resources identifies huge challenges to maintaining adequate supplies in the next few decades, but argues that these can be overcome with an integrated, multi-sectorial approach that takes into account water use from farm to river basin level. [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2]
Bill Gates calls for support to agricultural research for small farmers (January 25, 2012) - In the opening lines of his 2012 annual letter, Bill Gates stresses the need for innovation, as key to improving the world. “When innovators work on urgent problems and deliver solutions to people in need, the results can be magical”, he says. Bill Gates gives an overview of his ideas for innovation in global health and U.S.
Researchers Outline Food Security – Climate Change Road Map in Science (January 20, 2012) - WASHINGTON (19 JANUARY) – While last month’s climate negotiations in Durban made incremental progress toward helping farmers adapt to climate change and reduce agriculture’s climate footprint, a group of international agriculture experts, writing in the January 20 issue of Science magazine, urges scientists to lay the groundwork for more decisive action on global food security
Allafrica.com: UNEP’s Year in Review 2011 – July to December (January 3, 2012) - This was highlighted in a report – An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security, launched by UNEP and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations. Read More Source: http://allafrica.com
Indepthnews.info: Remembering W. David Hopper (December 12, 2011) - In retirement, he held senior positions with Haldor Topsoe, Inc., Ontario Hydro International, Inc., and Acres International, Inc. and served on the Board of the International Water Management Institute and the International Fertilizer Corporation. He has also worked as an independent consultant with an international reach. Read More Source: www.indepthnews.info
Thehindu.com: TNAU launches CD of irrigation water calculator (December 9, 2011) - Developed by S. Raman, Water Management Expert and Programme Consultant, International Water Management Institute – Tata Water Policy Programme, the CD can be used to calculate water requirement for different crops under different conditions. Read More Source: www.thehindu.com
New water calculator will promote water efficiency in Tamil Nadu (December 1, 2011) - A new digital irrigation water calculator will help farmers to assess more accurately the water requirements of their crops. Currently available on CD, the new tool should help boost production by enabling smallholders to work out how to use water more efficiently. [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] “The amount of water available for agriculture in Tamil
Dhlsupplychainmatters.com: H2 woe (December 1, 2011) - Already, 80% of the global population lives in areas where freshwater supply is rated as not secure, and The Water Resources Group predicts that the world will face a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030. Read More Source: www.dhlsupplychainmatters.com
CGIAR Research Program 5 funding approved (November 30, 2011) - Colombo, 30 November. The CGIAR fund council has given a category 1 approval to the Water Land and Ecosystems research program (CRP5). Commenting on the revised proposal, the CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council said that it, “recognized the fundamental importance and potential of this CRP to fill a critical gap in the CGIAR research
Mnn.com: The constant gardeners (November 30, 2011) - The WHO guidelines were based largely on research carried out by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), headquartered in Accra, Ghana. Lee-Smith put me in touch with Philip Amoah, a young researcher there, and he offered to show me the city’s wastewater farming in action. Read More Source: www.mnn.com
Nilebdc.org: Spatial analysis and modeling – an interview with Catherine Pfeiffer (November 30, 2011) - As part of the Challenge Programme for Water and Food, Peter Casier interviewed Catherine Pfeifer, a post-doctoral scientist working for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More Source: nilebdc.org
Guardian.co.uk: Africa’s great ‘water grab’ (November 25, 2011) - Foreign investors aren’t just after land in Africa. Access to water is essential – which can bring them into direct competition with the needs of local communities Read More Source: www.guardian.co.uk
Water and climate change: time to act (November 23, 2011) - by Colin Chartres, former Director General of IWMI Water and climate change: Time to act As the negotiators, activists and journalists have left South Africa at the end of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference, the crucial role of water in mitigation and adaptation strategies remains to be addressed. Much of the discussion in Durban
Mydigitalfc.com: Meaty issues (November 22, 2011) - According to the International Water Management Institute and the Stockholm International Water Institute, an average of six m3/kg (1 kg water is 1/1000 m3) of water is required to produce one kg of chicken, whereas, 0.4 to three m3/kg of water is needed to produce one kg of cereals. Read More Source: www.mydigitalfc.com
Unesco-ihe.org: Switch: Sustainable water management improves tomorrow’s cities’ health (November 18, 2011) - SWITCH is an EU-funded research programme aimed at achieving more sustainable integrated urban water management in the ‘City of the Future’, 30-50 years from now. Beginning in February 2006, it consists of a Consortium of 33 partner organizations working in 15 European and developing cities worldwide, with UNESCO-IHE as lead partner. Read More Source: www.unesco-ihe.org
Apps.eng.unimelb.edu.au: Impacts of climate change and watershed development on whole-of-basin agricultural water security in the Krishna Basin, India and Murray-Darling Basin, Australia (November 18, 2011) - The main aim in this project is to assess the impacts of watershed development and climate change on the long-term water security for agriculture in the Krishna river basin and compare this with the forecast impacts and adaptation strategies in the Murray-Darling basin. Read More Source: apps.eng.unimelb.edu.au
Animal-law.biz: How to feed the world’s population of 7 billion? (November 18, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute has predicted that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in places suffering from severe water scarcity. Read More Source: www.animal-law.biz
Achieving food security in the face of climate change – Recommendations of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and climate Change (November 16, 2011) - COPENHAGEN (16 November 2011) – In the lead up to UN global climate talks in Durban, South Africa later this month, an independent global commission of eminent scientists today released a set of concrete recommendations to policy makers on how to achieve food security in the face of climate change. Based on a thorough review
Uk.oneworld.net: Water Scarcity guide (November 15, 2011) - With projections of supply and demand for freshwater veering off in opposite directions, global warming represents the worst possible intervention. Rising planetary temperatures will accelerate the pump of the water cycle through faster evaporation from land and sea into a warmer atmosphere. Read More Source: uk.oneworld.net
Eoi.es: DP #1: Food Waste (November 15, 2011) - In fact, a recent collaborative paper by the the Stockholm Environmental Institute, the Stockholm International Water Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Water Management Institute highlighted that the global food crises is not truly caused by lack of food production, but rather its distribution and waste. Read More Source: www.eoi.es
Newstoday.com.bd: Integrated approach needed for victims of climate disasters (November 11, 2011) - Under this program in Bangladesh and India, three CGIAR centers: IRRI, WorldFish, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) along with IWM (Institute of Water Modeling) are carrying out research programs for addressing issues faced by the people of the southern districts of Bangladesh due to intrusion of salinity and climate change. Read More Source: www.newstoday.com.bd
News.nationalgeographic.com: Two Rivers: The Chance to Export Power Divides Southeast Asia (October 27, 2011) - Diana Suhardiman, a research scientist for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Vientiane, Laos, said the issues are complex, with “formal political/environmental agendas, vested interests, desire for economic growth, all mixed up and contextualized into one single dam development.” Read More Source: news.nationalgeographic.com
Uea.ac.uk: Raising Irrigation Productivity And Releasing Water for Intersectoral Need (October 24, 2011) - This five year project (2001 – 2006) examined the idea that irrigation efficiency could be raised to release water downstream. It was a DFID-funded research project implemented by the Soil-Water Management Research Group (SWMRG), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania; School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA); and the International Water Management Institute
Frontiersinecology.org: Future food depends on ecosystem-based agriculture (October 20, 2011) - To provide enough food for a projected world population of 9 billion by 2050, planners and policy makers must focus on supporting healthy ecosystems, according to a report released in late August by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP; Nairobi, Kenya) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI; Colombo, Sri Lanka), in cooperation with 19
Greanvillepost.com: Animal husbandry & the Horn of Africa famine (October 20, 2011) - “Currently, 1.6 billion people live in areas of physical water scarcity. This could easily grow to two billion soon if we stay on the present course,” warned the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute in a 2009 joint report entitled An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security. Read More
Ctv.ca: World population to hit 7 billion this month (October 18, 2011) - Given current population projections, the International Water Management Institute, says that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in areas where water is scarce. Read More Source: www.ctv.ca
Timeslive.co.za: Water management institute opens in Laos (October 18, 2011) - The International Water Management Insitute opened an office in Vientiane to conduct research on the effects of climate change on Laos and the region, state media reports. Read More Source: www.timeslive.co.za
Ctv.ca: World population to hit 7 billion this month (October 18, 2011) - Given current population projections, the International Water Management Institute, says that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in areas where water is scarce. Read More Source: www.ctv.ca
Guardian.co.uk: The impact of ecological limits on population growth (October 18, 2011) - In a mere 14 years, based on median population projections, most of North Africa and the Middle East, plus Pakistan, South Africa and large parts of China and India, will be driven by water scarcity to increasing dependence on food imports “even at high levels of irrigation efficiency,” according to the International Water Management Institute.
Jconline.com: Countless trials ahead as world population reaches 7B (October 18, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute shares these concerns, predicting that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in places suffering from severe water scarcity. Read More Source: www.jconline.com
E360.yale.edu: Revisiting Population Growth: The Impact of Ecological Limits (October 14, 2011) - In a mere 14 years, based on median population projections, most of North Africa and the Middle East, plus Pakistan, South Africa and large parts of China and India, will be driven by water scarcity to increasing dependence on food imports “even at high levels of irrigation efficiency,” according to the International Water Management Institute.
Article wins best paper award. New thinking on links between poverty, water and agriculture (October 13, 2011) - A paper co-authored by Mark Giordano has won one of three International Water Resources Association annual Best Paper Awards, presented at the triennial World Water Congress XIV held in September 2011 at Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. The awardees are chosen by a panel of leading water resources scholars selected by the editors of the journal
Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry opens new International Water Management Institute regional office. (October 13, 2011) - Vientiane 12 October 2011. H.E. Mr. Vilayvanh Phomkhe, the Lao PDR Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, opened the new IWMI office today in the presence of the Director General Dr. Colin Chartres. The office is sited in the Lao National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute. Staff at the new IWMI South East Asia office will
Crescent-news.com: Challenges Loom as World Population Hits 7 Billion (October 12, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute shares these concerns, predicting that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in places suffering from severe water scarcity. Read More Source: www.crescent-news.com
Brookings.edu: Principles for Water and Development (October 10, 2011) - Whether by regulation or voluntary effort, groundwater budgets should be balanced or the populations relying on groundwater will face an unpleasant reckoning when wells run dry. Recharge isn’t necessarily passive – faced with its problems, India is capturing rainwater and feeding it into aquifers through wells designed for recharge, with assistance from the International Water
Hindustantimes.com: Protein shake up (October 10, 2011) - “Indians are clearly shifting from grain-based diets to non-grain based foods,” according to Upali A. Amarsinghe of the International Water Management Institute, who co-authored a landmark study on changing consumption patterns. Read More Source: www.hindustantimes.com
Futurechallenges.org: The weather is our finance minister: climate change in the developing world (October 6, 2011) - As climate change begins to create a more volatile and violent environment in the developing world with sweeping impacts for rural, agricultural and impoverished communities, is the best solution new technological innovation, and further high-skill management systems? It seems not. Read More Source: futurechallenges.org
Faowashington.org: Water for food (October 5, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute and United Nations Environment Programme also stressed this message in a recent report. Read More Source: faowashington.org
Worldfishcenter.org: Sustainable Water Usage in the Chinyanja Triangle (October 5, 2011) - With the assistance of tools created in earlier projects by both WorldFish (decision support tools for assessing the potential and limitations of aquaculture), and the International Water Management Institute (models for managing multiple-use water schemes), the project hopes to make progress in the following areas: Read More Source: www.worldfishcenter.org
Research.unl.edu: Institute’s new director praises strong foundation (October 5, 2011) - Lenton helped establish the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and served as director general from 1987 to 1994. Under his leadership, IWMI grew from a small project-based organization to a major institute employing more than 300 people in 10 countries with an annual budget of over $10 million. Read More Source: research.unl.edu
Indiawaterreview.in: World’s rivers have enough water to feed people, finds research (October 3, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Deputy Director General Dennis Wichelns. Read More Source: www.indiawaterreview.in
Commonwealthministers.com: Water, investment and food security (October 3, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a centre of the Consultative Group on Agriculture Research (CGIAR) and operates in approximately 25 countries. IWMI’s vision is ‘Water for a Food Secure World.’ IWMI is currently spearheading the development of a new CGIAR research programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems, focusing on the critical issues of
Guilfordian.com: Reduce your carbon footprint: eat less meat (September 30, 2011) - Fresh water is a resource that many people take for granted, but it’s one that has its limits. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an organization dedicated to sustainable living, humans are consuming about half the available fresh water on the planet, leaving the other half for the million or more other species who inhabit our
IWMI wins 2011 Crystal Drop Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of the world’s water situation. (September 28, 2011) - Awarded only once every three years, the Crystal Drop was presented to Dr Vladimir Smakhtin at a special ceremony on 28 September during the 14th IWRA World Water Congress in Porto De Galinhas, Brazil. The award recognizes IWMI’s many contributions to the world of water including the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. This
Allianceforwaterstewardship.org: AWS at Stockholm International Water Week (September 28, 2011) - Three full days were spent in deliberations, focusing first on the overall AWS program, what success would look like, and beginning discussions on a draft framework for the Standard. The meeting was held at the headquarters of AWS Board organization, the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org
Machineslikeus.com: Major river basins have enough water to sustainably double food production (September 28, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said Dennis Wichelns, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was a major partner in the research. Read More Source:
Study of 10 river basins brings new perspective on water management (September 27, 2011) - A major study of 10 river basins, which was carried out over the course of 5 years with an investment exceeding USD 10 million, provides a valuable new perspective on water management. The study, coordinated by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), which includes contributions from many scientists of the International Water
Eponline.com: Researchers Argue that Water Scarcity is an Issue of Politics Rather Than Supply (September 27, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said Dennis Wichelns, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was a major partner in the research.The researchers contrast the
Tomwilt.com: Re-Colonization Of Africa Through Buying Agricultural Land: Wealthy Nations And Their Multinationals On The Rampage (September 26, 2011) - The thirstiest products on earth are biofuels. To grow Soya for one litre of biodiesel takes up to 9,100 litres of water and up to 4,000 litres to transform corn into bioethanol. Brabeck-Letmathe predicts, “Under the present conditions and with the way water is being managed, we will run out of water long before we
Safehaven.com: Why Invest in Commodities? (September 26, 2011) - “Current estimates indicate that we will not have enough water to feed ourselves in 25 years time.” International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Director General Colin Chartres The high yield growth in food production from the Green Revolution is tapering off and in some cases declining. Read More Source: www.safehaven.com
Eurekalert.org: Major river basins have enough water to sustainably double food production in the coming decades (September 26, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said Dennis Wichelns, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was a major partner in the research. Read More Source:
Science20.com: Water: River Basins Enough To Sustainably Double Food Production (September 26, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said Dennis Wichelns, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was a major partner in the research. Read More Source:
Consortium.cgiar.org: Major river basins have enough water to sustainably double food production (September 26, 2011) - “The basin perspective is critical in order to assess the upstream and downstream impacts of water allocation policies, and to determine opportunities for optimizing the sum of benefits across many residents,” said Dennis Wichelns, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was a major partner in the research. Read More Source:
Tandfonline.com: Special wastewater edition of Water International (September 23, 2011) - IWMI has partnered with Water International, the journal of the International Water Resources Association, to produce a special edition focusing on wastewater. It contains 10 articles written by IWMI scientists and their collaborators including a timely open access overview of the subject by Pay Drechsel and Dennis Wichelns which outlines the challenges ahead for wastewater
Graphic.com.gh: Forum Calls For National Water Fund To Bridge Gap In Urban Water Supply (September 23, 2011) - The General Secretary of Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies, Nana Agyepong Debrah III, was the chairman for the occasion, which was also attended by officials of WaterAid Ghana, CHF International, International Water Management Institute, UNICEF, Water Resources Commission, the CWSA, among other organisations. Read More Source: www.graphic.com.gh
Call for Papers, Deadline 30th October – Water International special journal issue on Water Commons: Devising Diverse Solutions (September 20, 2011) - This Special Issue is inspired by the 2011 meeting of the International Association for the Study of Commons in which issues of the commons with respect to agricultural water received special attention. The Special Issue seeks a set of papers to address the interrelated issues of configuring and re-configuring water governance to diverse and changing
Wagner.nyu.edu: David Krantz’s Letter from Ghana: Lessons in Global Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture (September 19, 2011) - Across town in the neighborhood of Dzorwulu, Bukari Fuseini, 45, farms the wasteland between an electrical substation and a drainage canal — land on which Ghanaian law prohibits construction — with 30 other farmers and 17 assistants. With support from the International Water Management Institute in collaboration with the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and
Ghanawaterforum.org: Waste reuse for agric and fishing gaining recognition (September 14, 2011) - Regarding fears about possible contamination and disease spread, Mr Phillip Amoah of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) office in Ghana said there are low cost opportunities for addressing contanmination. Read More Source: ghanawaterforum.org
Reliefweb.int: A Growing World and a Stressed Resource (September 13, 2011) - On average, 2,000-3,000 litres of water each day is needed to produce enough food for an individual says David Molden, Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: reliefweb.int
Fastcompany.com: Making Agriculture Preserve Land, Not Destroy It (September 12, 2011) - Examples in sub-Saharan Africa, Peru, and Colombia demonstrate that merely protecting an ecosystem such as wetlands–if that protection displaces agriculture–may undermine both ecosystems and food production. Farmers can move, removing forests and topsoil elsewhere, eventually destroying yields and degrading ecosystems, according to Matthew McCartney in a related report by the International Water Management Institute, also
Ewwmconference.com: Problems and Solutions for the Management of Water and Wastewater (September 7, 2011) - The European Water and Wastewater Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with problems and solutions for the management and treatment of water and wastewater. Read More Source: www.ewwmconference.com
Sunstar.com.ph: Editorial: Ecosystems and food security (September 7, 2011) - In the report from the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute released last month, it discusses how “managing and investing in the connections between ecosystems, water and food, through diversifying crops, planting trees on farmland and improving rainwater collection and other practical steps, could help avoid water scarcity and meet the
News.csu.edu.au: Healthy ecosystems vital for food security (September 5, 2011) - The report, An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security, was released today, Tuesday 23 August (Australian time), in Sweden by the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Water Management Institute and 19 collaborating institutions, including ILWS. Read More Source: news.csu.edu.au
New-ag.info: Farming practices must change to increase production and protect the environment (September 5, 2011) - Water limits are close to being ‘reached or breached’ in many breadbaskets across the world, threatening to decimate global supplies of fresh water and cripple agricultural systems, new research has claimed. Therefore, to boost food production and protect the environment, the way farming and natural systems interact must change radically and quickly. Given that agriculture
Climate-news.com: Radical Changes in Agriculture Needed for Food, Water Security (September 2, 2011) - Experts in water, agriculture and conservation banded together at last week’s World Water Week in Stockholm to call for a major shift in global policies on agriculture and natural resource… Read More Source: climate-news.com
Marketwatch.com: World Water Week Closes with ‘Stockholm Statement’ to the Rio+20 (September 1, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm Statement’ has been supported by UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and endorsed by a number of international organisations, including: Conservation International, International Water Management Institute, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Stakeholder Forum, Stockholm International Water
Bpicampus.com: Our Earth: Water, Climate Change, Waste, Planning – World Water Week (September 1, 2011) - “There is a need for a paradigm shift in waste management from treatment for disposal to treatment for reuse,” said David Molden of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). “We are currently lacking the private sector in this area but waste really can be a business opportunity. Some people are making a business out of
Ihrrblog.org: Healthy ecosystems can boost community resilience (August 30, 2011) - A new report from the United Nations Environmental Field Programme (UNEP) was launched recently during ‘World Water Week’ in Stockholm, Sweden – ‘An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security’. It was ‘written by over 50 contributors from 21 organizations and uses case studies from China, Guatemala, Jordan and other communities’. Read More Source: ihrrblog.org
Alumni.csu.edu.au: Healthy ecosystems vital for food security (August 30, 2011) - The report, An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security, was released today, Tuesday 23 August (Australian time), in Sweden by the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Water Management Institute and 19 collaborating institutions, including ILWS. Read More Source: alumni.csu.edu.au
E safs10sl.org: Invited Speakers of ESAFS 10 (August 30, 2011) - Colin Chartreshas a Ph.D. on soil development from the University of Reading (UK). He is currently the Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). IWMI’s vision is Water for a Food Secure World and involves solving water scarcity via increasing water productivity, reducing poverty and sustainable natural resource management. He has played a
Iwapublishing.com: SWEDEN: Stockholm Water Week launches key declarations and reports (30/08/11) (August 30, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm statement’ is supported by UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and endorsed by a number of international organisations including Conservation International, the International Water Management Institute, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Stakeholder Forum, Stockholm International
Presstv.com: ‘Clean water should be global priority’ (August 29, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm Statement’ has been supported or endorsed by a number of national and international bodies and organizations such as UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, conservation International, International Water Management Institute, and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Read More Source: www.presstv.com
Desertification.wordpress.com: The way farming and natural systems interact must change radically and quickly (New Agriculturist / UNEP) (August 29, 2011) - Given that agriculture already accounts for 70-90 per cent of water withdrawals in some areas, a report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UNs Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for a radical change in farming practices. Read More Source: desertification.wordpress.com
Treehugger.com: Prioritizing Conservation Over Farming Does Not Protect Nature (August 29, 2011) - From small-scale agriculture boosting global food production to reinventing our entire food system, the case for radical agricultural reform has been made many times over. Science Daily reports on a new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) that argues we can no
Uncsd2012.org: Clean water should be global priority (August 29, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm Statement’ has been supported or endorsed by a number of national and international bodies and organizations such as UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, conservation International, International Water Management Institute, and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Read More Source: www.uncsd2012.org
Humanitariannews.org: The-scientist.com: Opinion: The Water Deficit (August 29, 2011) - A new report, released at World Water Week in Stockholm this week, warns of the urgent need to reconsider how critical water, land, and ecosystem resources are used to boost crop yields. Produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) with a range of partners, the report proposes
Thenigeriandaily.com: World Water talks issue ‘Stockholm Statement’ on Rio+20 (August 29, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm Statement’ has been supported by UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and endorsed by a number of international organisations, including Conservation International, International Water Management Institute, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Stakeholder Forum, Stockholm International Water
Humanitariannews.org: Earthsky.org: Water-food link suggests more holistic farming approach (August 28, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conducted the studies and made the recommendation. Overall, the authors say it’s time for decision-makers at the international, national and local level to embrace an agroecosystem approach to food production, in which appropriate farming practices both support sustainable food production and protect
Humanrights-china.org: UNEP advocates ‘green farming’ initiatives to boost crop yields (August 26, 2011) - In a new report released Monday, authored jointly with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the UN body said recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities.
Blogs.nature.com: Agriculture drains global water resources – August 22, 2011 (August 26, 2011) - Currently 1.6 billion people live in areas of water scarcity and this could quickly grow to 2 billion if business continues as usual, warns the joint report from the International Water Management Institute, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the United Nations Environment Programme. (See here and here for Nature’s coverage of the global water
Hqweb.unep.org: Investing in Ecosystem Services Vital to Improving Food Security, says UN (August 26, 2011) - Nairobi/Stockholm, 22 August 2011 – Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food from each unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and
F-paper.com: Water! The world’s major grain-producing area chanting thirsty (August 26, 2011) - The report, By the ecosystem approach to achieve water and food security report by the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Water Management Institute and other international organizations, 19 of 50 authors compiled together to complete the report said, there are 1.6 billion people living in water shortage areas. Under the present circumstances, this number
Dowser.org: Weekly Roundup: World Water Week, For-Profit Hybrids and Protesting Big Oil (August 26, 2011) - This argument was reiterated by the release of a report made by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UN Environmental Program (UNEP). The study concluded that innovative solutions to the water crisis could boost agricultural production and protect the environment simultaneously, what the authors call an “ecosystems services approach.” Read More Source: dowser.org
Bizdaily.com.sg: World Water Week Closes with ‘Stockholm Statement’ to the Rio+20 (August 26, 2011) - The ‘Stockholm Statement’ has been supported by UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and endorsed by a number of international organisations, including: Conservation International, International Water Management Institute, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Stakeholder Forum, Stockholm International Water
Afriquejet.com: Investing on ecosystem can boost food security (August 25, 2011) - Food security – A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners said that investing in healthy ecosystems could boost food security, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities. The report, entitled: ‘An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security’, was launched at the just-concluded World Water
Noticias.terra.com.co: Agricultural improvement, vital for food security, water: UN (Panish) (August 25, 2011) - “Water management for food and ecosystems will bring great benefits, but there is no way to avoid the urgency of the situation,” said David Molden, deputy director general of IWMI research. Read More Source: noticias.terra.com.co
French.news.cn: UNEP: food security through better management of ecosystems (French) (August 25, 2011) - “This could prevent water shortages and help meet the increased demand for food by a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050,” said UNEP in a press release on the occasion of the publication of the report prepared with the International Water Management (IWMI) and 19 other organizations. Read More Source: french.news.cn
Bbc.co.uk: United Nations: Human beings should care for water resources protection of the environment (August 25, 2011) - This report by the UNEP and the international water management agency co-authored the 35-page report published in the Stockholm World Water Week forum held in occasion of the opening. Read More Source: www.bbc.co.uk
Rfi.fr: Protect ecosystems for more food and water (French) (August 25, 2011) - It will take two times the water present to feed 9 billion by landowners who live in 2050 if we do not change drastically the current food and agricultural practices. Or so asserts a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). For both organizations,
The-scientist.com: Opinion: The Water Deficit (August 25, 2011) - A new report, released at World Water Week in Stockholm this week, warns of the urgent need to reconsider how critical water, land, and ecosystem resources are used to boost crop yields. Produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) with a range of partners, the report proposes
Fimi-iiwf.org: Investing in ecosystem services can boost food security, raise incomes – UN (August 25, 2011) - “This could help avoid water scarcity and meet the growing food demands of a global population set to reach 9 billion by 2050,” states a press release on the report, produced by UNEP and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations. Read More Source: www.fimi-iiwf.org
Sei-international.org: Investing in ecosystem services vital to improving food security (August 25, 2011) - Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
Sustainablebusiness.com: Radical Agriculture Overhaul Would Enhance Global Ecosystems (August 25, 2011) - Radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment – two goals that are often at odds – concludes a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Read More Source: www.sustainablebusiness.com
Icraf.org: Investing in ecosystem services vital to improving food security (August 25, 2011) - Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
Csu.edu.au: Institute for Land, Water and Society (August 25, 2011) - The report, An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security, which was launched on Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Water Management Institute and 19 collaborating institutions, including ILWS, during World Water Week, August 21 – 27 in Sweden . Read More Source: www.csu.edu.au
Ecoagriculture.org: Investing in Ecosystem Services Vital to Improving Food Security (August 25, 2011) - Nairobi/Colombo/Stockholm, 22 August 2010 – Recognizing healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
Waterandfood.org: New practices could double agricultural production, protect natural systems and be ‘game changer’ for global food security (August 25, 2011) - A new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. Read More
Unep.org: Investing in Ecosystem Services Vital to Improving Food Security, says UN (August 25, 2011) - Nairobi/Stockholm, 22 August 2011 – Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food from each unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and
Greenanswers.com: Take Action Against Genetically Modified Food (August 25, 2011) - Now, a new report by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in conjunction with the International Water Management Institute titled “An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security” has highlighted the unsustainable impacts of genetically modified food. Read More Source: greenanswers.com
Nestle.com: Nestle addresses water urbanisation at World Water Week (August 25, 2011) - In addition, the Company has partnered with Swiss Development Agency (SDC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to assess the water impact of coffee production. Read More Source: www.nestle.com
Earthsky.org: Water-food link suggests more holistic farming approach (August 25, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conducted the studies and made the recommendation. Overall, the authors say it’s time for decision-makers at the international, national and local level to embrace an agroecosystem approach to food production, in which appropriate farming practices both support sustainable food production and protect
Sei-international.org: SEI at World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm (August 25, 2011) - Also at the conference, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute are releasing a new report, An Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security (external link, PDF), which includes work by SEI-York research fellow Jennie Barron. Read More Source: sei-international.org
Feeds.univision.com: Proteger mejor los ecosistemas para tener agua y alimentos suficientes (ONU) (August 24, 2011) - Con una población en el planeta de 9.000 millones de habitantes en 2050, la seguridad alimentaria implicará una necesidad de agua del doble que en la actualidad, si no se logran ecosistemas sanos y bien gestionados, según un informe de la ONU publicado el lunes. Read More Source: feeds.univision.com
Google.com: UN-Bericht ermahnt zu sorgsamem Umgang mit Wasser (August 24, 2011) - Stockholm – Die Probleme des rasanten Wachstums der Weltbevölkerung können laut einem UN-Bericht nur mit Hilfe verbesserter Agrartechniken und einer sensibleren Nutzung des Ökosystems aufgefangen werden. Schon heute lebten 1,6 Milliarden Menschen in Gegenden, in denen das Wasser knapp sei – sollte den Problemen nicht gegengesteuert werden, könnte die Zahl schon bald auf zwei Milliarden
Dw-world.de: Scientists say farming needs to become ‘holistic’ (August 24, 2011) - For too long, it has been a question of either-or: either boost agricultural production or protect the environment. Now researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) say this no longer needs to be the case. Read More Source: www.dw-world.de
Sverigesradio.se: Mer mat utan att biologisk mångfald drabbas (August 24, 2011) - Det finns stor potentialför att öka matproduktionen. Med bra hantering av vattenresurserna och jordbruksmarken kan man lätt fördubbla eller trefaldiga skördarna i det regnförsedda jordbruket i Afrika, säger Eline Boelee på International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: sverigesradio.se
Lci.tf1.fr: Peut-on éviter à l’humanité de manquer d’eau ? (August 24, 2011) - D’ici 2050, estime un rapport de l’ONU, les besoins en eau, notamment pour l’agriculture, devraient doubler. Or, 1,6 milliard de personnes vivent déjà dans des zones en proie à la pénurie. La solution : modifier les pratiques agricoles pour préserver les écosystèmes et cette ressource précieuse. Read More Source: lci.tf1.fr
Timesofmalta.com: Press digest (August 24, 2011) - Environment Daily quotes a UN report issued today saying that population growth and water stress were driving the earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem would avert. The 35-page assessment, compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
Skynews.com.au: Population surge lead to crisis – UN (August 24, 2011) - A UN report warns the Earth is facing a food crisis due to population growth and water stress. And says such a crisis can only be averted by better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem. Read More Source: www.skynews.com.au
Ftpapp.app.com.pk: Investing in ecosystem services can boost food security, raise incomes: UN Report (August 24, 2011) - “This could help avoid water scarcity and meet the growing food demands of a global population set to reach 9 billion by 2050,” states a press release on the report, produced by UNEP and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations. Read More Source: ftpapp.app.com.pk
Voxy.co.nz: Investing in ecosystem services vital for food security (August 24, 2011) - Nairobi/Stockholm, 22 August 2010 – Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
Ramsar.org: Ramsar’s 40th Anniversary at Stockholm World Water Week 2011 (August 24, 2011) - IWMI – International Water Management Institute: Radical Overhaul of Agriculture can create farms which enhance rather than degrade the world’s ecosystems. IWMI is a key partner with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on the topic of the relationship between wetlands and agriculture. Read More Source: www.ramsar.org
Constructionworld.in: Development must be comprehensive (August 24, 2011) - Awarded the Padma Bhushan for her services in the field of education and literature, Ahluwalia is Chairperson of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), where she served as Director and Chief Executive from 1997 to 2001; Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure,
Unesco-ihe.org: Lunch Seminar: Water Management in Developing World – Adapting to Increasing Variability and Change (August 24, 2011) - The presentation will look into recent research at International Water Management Institute that deals with assessing impacts of and adaptation to increasing variability in water resources due to climate change and other global change drivers. Examples include quantification of climate change impacts, the issue of water storage continuum and planned storage development in Africa, groundwater
Cisionwire.com: Investing in ecosystem services vital to improving food security (August 24, 2011) - Nairobi/Colombo/Stockholm – Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management
Newsblaze.com: Help Avoid Water Scarcity and Meet Growing Food Demands (August 24, 2011) - “This could help avoid water scarcity and meet the growing food demands of a global population set to reach 9 billion by 2050,” states a press release on the report, produced by UNEP and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations. Read More Source: newsblaze.com
Desertification.wordpress.com: Food security, improved resilience to climate change and economic benefits for poor communities (UN News) (August 24, 2011) - “This could help avoid water scarcity and meet the growing food demands of a global population set to reach 9 billion by 2050,” states a press release on the report, produced by UNEP and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations. Read More Source: desertification.wordpress.com
Firstpost.com: Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN (August 24, 2011) - The 35-page assessment was compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), drawing mainly on estimates in peer-reviewed journals. Read More Source: www.firstpost.com
Fnbnews.com: Agri. methods need to be overhauled but water use has to be in check: Research (August 24, 2011) - A radical overhaul of agriculture could create farms that enhance, rather than degrade, the world’s ecosystems, said a report led by the United Nations’ Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: www.fnbnews.com
Vietnamplus.vn: UN warns of population growth status, lack of water (August 24, 2011) - Environment Programme United Nations (UNEP) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) offers this warning in the report entitled “Guidelines ecosystem services towards water and food security” as the start launched the World Water Week (22-28/8) in Stockholm, Sweden. Read More Source: www.vietnamplus.vn
Hvg.hu: Will people eat and drink in 2050? (Dutch) (August 24, 2011) - “1.6 billion people already live in water-deficient areas, and quick access to kétmilliárdot if there is no change” – is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) report, jointly published by Monday. “If we keep the current agricultural practices” and “the current food system”, where “the accelerated urbanization” continue,
Greenreport.it: UN: ‘Investing in ecosystem services vital to improve food security” (Italian) (August 24, 2011) - According to a report published today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and by the ‘International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in partnership with 19 other organizations, “to recognize healthy ecosystems as a basis for sustainable water resources and food security property can help to produce more food per unit of farmland, improve resilience to
Corriere.it: For the thirsty earth in 2050 will double the water (Italian) (August 24, 2011) - LONDON – By 2050, when the world population will rise to 9 billion people, will double the water currently used to ensure food security. According to a report of the Joint United Nations Programme for Environment (UNEP ) in collaboration with the ‘ International water management institute (IWMI ), published on the occasion of the
Neues-deutschland.de: Too little water in the urban centers (German) (August 24, 2011) - According to a UN report comes at a particularly important role in agriculture. Improved agricultural techniques and a more sensitive use of the ecosystem could reduce the problem, says the report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). In some regions with intensive agriculture, the boundaries of water supply
Topagrar.com: UN expected to conflicts over water (August 24, 2011) - The UN has warned that the conflicts over water will grow in the future. Why it is called in a report to the opening of the International Water Week, could the problems of rapid population growth in the world are captured only with the help of improved agricultural techniques and a sensitive use of the
Sinchew.com.my: Sweden report: climate change, population growth and worsening water crisis (August 24, 2011) - This report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) jointly issued the report, there are currently 1.6 billion people face water shortages, if left unchecked, this figure will soon easily exceed 2 billion people. Read More Source: www.sinchew.com.my
Adnkronos.com: Focusing on healthy ecosystems against hunger and water shortage (Italian) (August 24, 2011) - The warning is the ratio of the program of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the International Institute for Water Management (IWMI), on the occasion of World Water Week in Stockholm in progress until August 27 and attended by 2,500 delegates from 130 nations Read More Source: www.adnkronos.com
Stockholm Water Front: Making money from waste (August 24, 2011) - “There is a need for a paradigm shift in waste management from treatment for disposal to treatment for reuse,” said David Molden of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). “We are currently lacking the private sector in this area but waste really can be a business opportunity. Some people are making a business out of
Weltderwunder.de.msn.com: Global water scarcity: threatened mega-cities and rural areas increasingly (August 24, 2011) - The precious liquid is becoming increasingly scarce: The water shortage could be exacerbated by the rapidly growing world population in the coming years worldwide – and in both rural regions and in the mega-cities. Just in time for the International Water Week in Stockholm to publish the United Nations and the WWF now alarming reports.
Environmentalleader.com: UNEP: Farming Can Double Production, Protect Ecosystems (August 24, 2011) - A “radical overhaul” in agriculture could double production while protecting ecosystems, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Program and the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.environmentalleader.com
Ecoseed.org: Healthy ecosystem key to water availability, food security – UNEP (August 24, 2011) - Backed by the International Water Management Institute, a non-profit organization focused on improving land and water resources management, the report was launched during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. (L.J. Polintan) Read More Source: www.ecoseed.org
Aargauerzeitung.ch: UN calls for careful use of water (German) (August 24, 2011) - In some regions with intensive agriculture are the boundaries of water supply is already “met or exceeded,” it says in the report of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Institute for Water Management on. Read More Source: www.aargauerzeitung.ch
Actu-environnement.com: Water resources: UNEP calls for integration of agriculture in agroecosystems (French) (August 24, 2011) - With a growing world population and energy-intensive farming practices, the amount of water needed to supply world will increase by 70% to 90% by 2050. The report (An approach to water and food security and ecosystem services-based), published Monday, August 22 by the United Nations Environment Programme ( Unep ) and the International Water Management
Sta.si: UN: We need better farming techniques and smarter use of ecosystem (August 24, 2011) - Stockholm, 22 August (AFP) – Growth in population and increasing water scarcity will lead to nutritional Earth and Environmental rupture, which can only be prevented through better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem, the report published today by warning the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Institute for Water Management (IWMI). Read
Finanza.repubblica.it: Investing in the ecosystems to save the world from hunger and thirst (Italian) (August 24, 2011) - The new report supports the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), written in collaboration with the International Institute for Water Management (IWMI) and 19 other organizations, presented at the opening of the World Week hosted by the Stockholm Water. Read More Source: finanza.repubblica.it
Blogs.wsj.com: Voracious China Still Struggling to Stand on Its Own Two Feet (August 23, 2011) - “China’s trying as hard as they can to be food self-sufficient, but there are likely to be some years where they can’t do that,” said David Molden, the deputy director general of research for the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: blogs.wsj.com
Khaleejtimes.com: Water Week starts with calls for better urban water (August 23, 2011) - Nonetheless, more than a year later, 1.6 billion people still live in areas affected by drought, the UN Environment Programme said in a report published Monday along with the International Water Management Institute, cautioning that the number could easily rise to two billion if not enough is done to change the situation. Read More Source:
Finchannel.com: Nestle addresses water urbanisation at World Water Week (August 23, 2011) - In addition, the Company has partnered with Swiss Development Agency (SDC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to assess the water impact of coffee production. Read More Source: finchannel.com
Environmentalleader.com: UNEP: Farming Can Double Production, Protect Ecosystems (August 23, 2011) - A “radical overhaul” in agriculture could double production while protecting ecosystems, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Program and the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: environmentalleader.com
Sustainablecitiescollective.com: Investing In Ecosystem Services Vital To Improving Food Security (August 23, 2011) - Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
Ciria.org.uk: Sustainable water management improves tomorrows cities health (SWITCH) (August 23, 2011) - SWITCH is an action research programme, implemented and co-funded by the European Union and a cross-disciplinary team of 33 partners from 15 countries around the world. Read More Source: ciria.org.uk
Wetwonder.org: Water systems at risk from growing demand for food – expert (August 23, 2011) - “Given that we have to produce more food, how do we do that and not destroy ecosystems? That’s the biggest question in agriculture right now – not producing more food but doing it sustainably,” said David Molden, research director of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute Read More Source: wetwonder.org
Nature.org: Alliance for Water Stewardship (August 23, 2011) - The AWS is now in the process of forming the governing body of the Water Roundtable – the International Standard Development Committee – which will then develop the first draft International Water Stewardship Standard using the thinking from innovative regional water stewardship work developed by Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) and the European Water Partnership (EWP).
Democraticunderground.com: Radical overhaul of farming could be ‘game-changer’ for global food security (August 23, 2011) - A new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. Read More
Ihrtimes.com: Water Week starts with calls for better urban water (August 23, 2011) - Nonetheless, more than a year later, 1.6 billion people still live in areas affected by drought, the UN Environment Programme said in a report published Monday along with the International Water Management Institute, cautioning that the number could easily rise to two billion if not enough is done to change the situation. Read More Source:
Polity.org.za: Farming overhaul vital for food, water security – UN (August 23, 2011) - A radical overhaul of agriculture could create farms that enhance, rather than degrade, the world’s ecosystems, said a report led by the United Nations’ Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: www.polity.org.za
Endsreport.com: UNEP/International Water Management Institute report on an Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security (August 23, 2011) - UNEP/International Water Management Institute report on an Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security Read More Source: www.endsreport.com
Climateinsight.wordpress.com: Radical overhaul of agriculture can create farms that enhance rather than degrade the world’s ecosystems (August 23, 2011) - New practices could double agricultural production, protect natural systems and be “game changer” for global food security STOCKHOLM (22 August 2011)—According to the authors of new research released today at the World Water Week in Stockholm, a radical transformation in … Read More Source: climateinsight.wordpress.com
Af.reuters.com: Farming overhaul vital for food, water security: UN (August 23, 2011) - The world’s population is forecast to rise to over 9 billion by 2050 from its current 6.9 billion, putting more strain on resources. Read More Source: af.reuters.com
Trust.org: Water systems at risk from growing demand for food – expert (August 23, 2011) - “Given that we have to produce more food, how do we do that and not destroy ecosystems? That’s the biggest question in agriculture right now – not producing more food but doing it sustainably,” said David Molden, research director of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.trust.org
Rtbf.be: Mieux protéger les écosystèmes pour avoir assez d’eau et de nourriture (August 23, 2011) - Il faudra deux fois plus d’eau qu’actuellement pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire d’une population mondiale qui devrait atteindre neuf milliards d’habitants d’ici à 2050 si on ne s’oriente pas vers des écosystèmes sains et bien gérés, selon un rapport de l’ONU. Read More Source: www.rtbf.be
Lepoint.fr: Semaine internationale de l’eau : appel pour un meilleur approvisionnement (August 23, 2011) - La Semaine internationale de l’eau (World Water Week) s’est ouverte lundi à Stockholm sur des appels à la mobilisation pour assurer un meilleur approvisionnement en eau à la population mondiale, en particulier dans les villes. Read More Source: www.lepoint.fr
Google.com: Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN (August 23, 2011) - The 35-page assessment was compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), drawing mainly on estimates in peer-reviewed journals. Read More Source: www.google.com
Southasia.oneworld.net: Ecosystem services for food & water security (August 23, 2011) - Healthy ecosystems are the basis for sustainable water resources, food security and resilience to climate change says An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: southasia.oneworld.net
Watermedia.org: Radical overhaul of agriculture can create farms that enhance rather than degrade the world’s ecosystems, says report published today (August 23, 2011) - A new analysis resulting from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with 19 collaborating organizations, outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. Read
Blogs.voanews.com: UN Report: Population Growth to Cause Water Crunch (August 22, 2011) - The assessment compiled by the U.N. Environment Program and the International Water Management Institute was released at the start of the World Water Week in Stockholm, a global forum on water issues. Read More Source: blogs.voanews.com
Trust.org: Water systems at risk from growing demand for food – expert (August 22, 2011) - “Given that we have to produce more food, how do we do that and not destroy ecosystems? That’s the biggest question in agriculture right now – not producing more food but doing it sustainably,” said David Molden, research director of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.trust.org
Brecorder.com: Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN (August 22, 2011) - The 35-page assessment was compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), drawing mainly on estimates in peer-reviewed journals. Read More Source: www.brecorder.com
Eurekalert.org: Radical overhaul of farming could be ‘game-changer’ for global food security (August 22, 2011) - A new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. Read More
Moneycontrol.com: Farming overhaul vital for food, water security: UN (August 22, 2011) - A radical overhaul of agriculture could create farms that enhance, rather than degrade, the world’s ecosystems, said a report led by the United Nations’ Environment Programme and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: www.moneycontrol.com
Sciencecodex.com: Radical overhaul of farming could be ‘game-changer’ for global food security (August 22, 2011) - A new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. The report,
Watermedia.org: After the wave: lessons learnt from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (August 22, 2011) - This chaotic approach prolonged contamination of the water. Scientists from the International Water Management Institute, headquartered on the island, visited the tsunami affected areas within days of the disaster. Realising what was happening they worked with NGOs and local authorities to explain to well owners that they should remove debris and dirty water form their
Reliefweb.int: Ecosystems for Water and Food Security (August 22, 2011) - Nairobi/Stockholm, 22 August 2010 – Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
Labmanager.com: The Softer Side of X-rays (August 18, 2011) - In 2003, the International Water Management Institute reported that the Mae Sot district of Thailand had “considerable amounts” of cadmium and zinc in its irrigation water, paddy soils, and rice grain. Saengdao Khaokaew, a Thai graduate student at the University of Delaware and the principal investigator of the study, wanted to determine whether the cadmium
Colins STRAIGHTtalk on Data and Water Resources Management (August 15, 2011) - Watch the latest video from the “Colins STRAIGHTtalk” video series, on Data and Water Resources Management Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/ColinsSTRAIGHTtalk/
Waterforfood.nebraska.edu: Roberto Lenton named founding director of Water for Food Institute (August 9, 2011) - Among Lenton’s most important experiences was helping establish and then serving as Director General of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1994. Under Lenton’s leadership, IWMI grew from a small project-based organization to a major institute employing more than 300 people in 10 countries with an annual budget of over
Morungexpress.com: Climate change to take toll in NE (August 9, 2011) - The crop impact report is by a six-member team from the New Delhi-based Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.morungexpress.com
E-pao.net: Studies caution catastrophic impact of climate change (August 9, 2011) - The crop impact report is made by a six-member team from the New Delhi-based Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: e-pao.net
Nicholasinstitute.duke.edu: McCornick to Leave Role as the Nicholas Institute’s Water Program Director (August 9, 2011) - DURHAM, N.C. – Peter McCornick, founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ water program, will step down Aug. 31 to assume a new post with the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: nicholasinstitute.duke.edu
Ghanabusinessnews.com: IITA signs co-operation agreement with CSIR (August 9, 2011) - In past years, IITA had worked in Ghana in partnership with national agricul­ture systems on a project-by-project basis. This came to a head with the establishment of the Sustainable Tree Crops Programme (STCP), which is being implemented under a Memorandum of Understanding between IITA and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – Ghana. Read More
Ipsnews.net: Water Crisis Offers Chance for Unity over Strife (August 4, 2011) - Back in 2009, Colin Chartres, the director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), said that a “nothing short of a blue revolution” would be necessary to meet the water challenges of the 21st century. Actions thus far have not met this call. Read More Source: ipsnews.net
Omaha.com: Global water expert to head Water for Food Institute (August 4, 2011) - He helped establish and then served as director general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1994. Under Lenton’s leadership, the institute grew from a small project-based organization to employing more than 300 people in 10 countries with an annual budget of more than $10 million. Read More Source: www.omaha.com
Uspolicy.be: Managing the impact of farming (July 26, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute is a nonprofit scientific organization and one of 15 research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IWMI’s mission is “improving the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and the environment.” Read More Source: www.uspolicy.be
Iipdigital.usembassy.gov: Water policy on the Subcontinent (July 19, 2011) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has helped Indian policymakers learn lessons from efforts to overhaul irrigation projects in China, Mexico and Africa. It also brought the topic of groundwater use in India to the forefront of the irrigation debate. Read More Source: iipdigital.usembassy.gov
Hutton.ac.uk: Institute Scientist Assists with East African Famine (July 11, 2011) - Catchment management specialist Dr Simon Langan is taking up a position at the International Water Management Institute in Addis Ababa to seek solutions to the water challenges that have contributed to the current lack of food faced by many countries in the region. Read More Source: www.hutton.ac.uk
WashAfrica: Wastewater entrepreneur Ashley Murray honoured by National Geographic (July 5, 2011) - Ashley Murray, founder and director of Waste Enterprisers in Ghana, has been awarded US$ 10,000 by National Geographic’s 2011 Emerging Explorers Program. The program recognises promising young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers. Besides being CEO of Waste Enterprisers, Ashley Murray is a Research Consultant for the International Water Management Institute-Ghana (IWMI). Read More Source: http://washafrica.wordpress.com/
World Environment Day – June 5th (June 5, 2011) - Can agricultural research support the environment and a healthy ecosystem? How has your scientific research in agriculture contributed to creating a positive impact on the environment? Get answers to these questions… Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org
Thedailystar.net: $8m to maximise use of water, land (June 3, 2011) - The Washington-based Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will conduct research in partnership with The WorldFish Center, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Water Management Institute and local organisations. Read More Source: thedailystar.net
Thehimalayantimes.com: ICIMOD picks up future Director General (June 1, 2011) - He has worked with USAID in Nepal, Egypt. Currently he is the Deputy Director General Research of International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka. Read More Source: thehimalayantimes.com
Laovoices.com: Decision support tools introduced for water resources management (May 31, 2011) - The meeting was hosted by Mr. Jesper Kjelds of the Danish-based global water & environment institute DHI, in cooperation with Mr. Christophe Muziol of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, and Dr. Andrew Noble of the International Water Management Institute, IWMI, and moderated by DHI Water Policy Read More Source: laovoices.com
JustMeans.com: Nestle receives top environment award (May 26, 2011) - Neste was last week crowned the winner of the 27th World Environment Center (WEC) Gold Medal award for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer of Nestle, accepted the award “on behalf of our Chairman and the 280,000 employees that make Nestle today”. Nestle’s partnership with the International Water Management Institute is
Calls for nominations for the biennial Derek Tribe Award (May 24, 2011) - The Crawford Fund is now calling for nominations for the biennial Derek Tribe Award. The Derek Tribe Award is intended for a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries. The recipient will undertake a
Ramsar.org: Ramsar partners sign new memorandum of cooperation (May 23, 2011) - The Ramsar Convention’s relationships with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs) were strengthened through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017 during a session of the Standing Committee meeting. The representatives of the five IOPs : Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International; Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International; Deborah Bossio, team
IWMI receives US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Ground-Breaking Research in Global Health and Development (May 10, 2011) - Accra, Ghana – IWMI West Africa is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Olufunke O. Cofie will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Developing Fortified Excreta Pellets for Use in Agriculture”. Read More Source: http://westafrica.iwmi.org/
IWMI staff becomes Development Chief of the Ghanaian Community Bui (May 10, 2011) - IWMI’s Project Leader of the Ghana Dams Dialogue, Liqa Raschid-Sally, was caught by surprise during a recent visit to a research area in Ghana on 28 April, 2011. Liqa arrived at Bui expecting a small community meeting at which she would share the outcomes of the third phase of the Dams Dialogue project. Instead, a
Trust.org: Kenyan pastoralists return to past for climate adaptation (May 5, 2011) - Median rainfall in the affected areas, particularly Isiolo and Kinna in Eastern Kenya, ranges between 400 and 600 mm a year, according to a report by the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.trust.org
Call for Papers: National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change (CC) in Nepal (May 4, 2011) - November, 2011 Increasing water productivity in agriculture, making targeted investments and putting in place the right institutional measures will be the key to effective water use for food and environmental security. The main purpose of the conference is to find opportunities to improve farmer income, food production, food security and promote environmentally sustainable agricultural water
LMD.lk: Water Woes – When the tap runs dry (May 2, 2011) - A six-point plan to combat a potential water crisis and protect livelihoods is sine qua non. Dr. Colin Chartres urges action. Read More Source: http://lmd.lk
Huffingtonpost.com: Prepare for the Next Conflict: Water Wars (April 19, 2011) - In 2009, The International Water Management Institute called for a blue revolution as the only way to move forward: “We will need nothing less than a ‘Blue Revolution’, if we are to achieve food security and avert a serious water crisis in the future” said Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management
Dnaindia.com: India will have water and food crises by 2030: Study (April 19, 2011) - According to International Water Management Institute (IWMI), India will face a water scarcity due to global warming and population explosion. This in turn will lead to chronic dependency on costly and unpredictable food imports. Read More Source: www.dnaindia.com
Sciencedaily.com: The Mekong: Record of the Vietnam War (March 24, 2011) - This research was conducted in conjunction with the International Water Management Institute and theNational Agriculture and Forestry Research Institutein Laos. Read More Source: sciencedaily.com
Video – Colin’s STRAIGHTtalk : Why We Need Environmental Flows (March 22, 2011) - In the latest video from the “Colin’s STRAIGHTtalk” series Dr. Chartres talks about why we need environmental flows. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
Time is running out. Awake before it’s too late. Save Water, Save Lives. (March 22, 2011) - In view of the World Water Day 2011, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an awareness campaign alerting the public the importance of saving water. The theme of the campaign was “AWAKE BEFORE ITS
Uncsd.iisd.org: IISD Report Measures Irrigation Subsidies in India (March 22, 2011) - The report found subsidies to irrigated agriculture for major irrigation projects in four southern India states amounted to US$575 million per year from 2004 to 2008. The study, prepared in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), uses a rigorous, transparent, and replicable methodology to provide the most comprehensive estimate of subsidies to irrigation
Compassnewspaper.com: (March 22, 2011) - Late last year, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said in a statement that the increasing erratic rainfall caused by climate change would pose a major threat to food security and economic growth, especially in Africa and Asia. Read More Source: compassnewspaper.com
Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com: For milk, Nestle teaches water management (March 22, 2011) - Together with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the multinational undertook a study on how much water is being used in the production of milk, wheat and rice in the region. The analysis of how much water is being used in milk and crop production shows that the current groundwater use is unsustainable and that
Media-newswire.com: UNL agronomist: food security hinges on ag research targeting key issues (March 16, 2011) - CGIAR is a consortium of 15 international research centers funded by governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations. The CGIAR research centers work to improve agricultural productivity, conserve natural resources and promote policies that stimulate agricultural growth in developing nations. The research centers include organizations such as the International Rice Research Institute, the International Water
Newsroom.unl.edu: Cassman helps guide network of international ag research centers (March 16, 2011) - CGIAR is a consortium of 15 international research centers funded by governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations. The CGIAR research centers work to improve agricultural productivity, conserve natural resources and promote policies that stimulate agricultural growth in developing nations. The research centers include organizations such as the International Rice Research Institute, the International Water
Nestle.com: Other water management solutions (March 16, 2011) - With global water shortages increasing, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) estimates that this percentage may rise by 38% by the year 2025. For instance, without trade, irrigation water depletion for cereal production would in fact have been 11% higher today, and by 2025, the IWMI projects this percentage will further increase to 19%. Read
New Commission Confronts Threats to Food Security from Climate Change (March 14, 2011) - COPENHAGEN (11 March 2011) — Recent droughts and floods have contributed to increases in food prices. These are pushing millions more people into poverty and hunger, and are contributing to political instability and civil unrest. Climate change is predicted to increase these threats to food security and stability. Responding to this, the world’s largest agriculture
No More Business as Usual in Face of Climate Change and Food Security (March 10, 2011) - More than 70 practitioners and researchers attended the workshop, “Climate Change, food, and water security: Identifying critical issues and exploring cooperative strategies in an age of increased risk and uncertainty for South Asia.” The workshop was a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Participants came from
Print.dailymirror.lk: Making every drop count for regional water security (March 9, 2011) - The discussion facilitated an exchange between experts on this area from all over South Asia and was organised by the Global Water Partnership and the International Water Management Institute (IMWI), which is based in Colombo. The South Asian arm of Water Vision 2025 by the Global Water Partnership envisages “poverty in South Asia will be
Nazret.com: Mubarak era power play on the Nile must give way to genuine Basin-wide cooperation (March 9, 2011) - In the Nile Basin, Egypt has been ‘physically water scarce’; the rest of the Nile Basin has also been suffering from ‘economic water scarcity’, according to a study by the International Water Management Institute (iwmi4.wpengine.com/). Clearly, the common denominator now is scarcity across countries, which make speedy actions in the political, economic, security and development
International Women’s Day, March 8, 2011 (March 7, 2011) - For centuries, women have played a critical role in growing food – from the hard labor needed for irrigation and cultivation to the work involved in harvest and production of food up to selling it in the market. Women grow and provide food and water for their families and are responsible for meeting the basic
Dailykos.com: Green Diary Rescue returns (March 4, 2011) - “In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet research intern, Evelyn Drawec discusses how the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is working with urban farmers in Accra, Ghana to identify simple ways to reduce crop contamination from irrigating with wastewater to improve health, diets, and livelihoods.” Read More Source: www.dailykos.com
Print.dailymirror.lk: Major food crisis looming: Experts (February 25, 2011) - According to Dr. Herath Manthithilaka, attached to International Water Management Institute (IWMI), about 20 to 25% of paddy fields are still under water and the country will feel the impact on paddy towards the end of Maha season. Read More Source: print.dailymirror.lk
Print.dailymirror.lk: Lankan economy to be marred by floods and droughts in future (February 25, 2011) - With the recent heavy rains and floods throughout the country, some people are wondering, “Is climate change really happening?” No one has a definite answer whether what we are seeing today is caused by climate change or whether it is part of the normal year-to-year variation. What is fairly certain is that with climate change,
Print.dailymirror.lk: Floods are only part of the story (February 25, 2011) - In 2004, just after the Tsunami, the International Water management Institute (IWMI) mapped the area that went under water in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts. It highlighted the need for maintaining a buffer strip along the coast for any new constructions. This has been the subject of much debate since then, but a good many
Print.dailymirror.lk: Groundwater holds future for local water management (February 25, 2011) - The changing pattern of rainfall and the rising sea water levels due to climate change are affecting many countries. As a result, countries such as Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were affected by floods. This has compelled authorities to focus on surface and ground water, which are usually ignored. Read More Source: print.dailymirror.lk
Print.dailymirror.lk: Groundwater holds future for local water management (February 25, 2011) - The changing pattern of rainfall and the rising sea water levels due to climate change are affecting many countries. As a result, countries such as Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka were affected by floods. Read More Source: print.dailymirror.lk
Blogs.worldwatch.org: Nourishing the Planet TV: Reducing Wastewater Contamination Starts with a Conversation (February 25, 2011) - In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet research intern, Evelyn Drawec discusses how the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is working with urban farmers in Accra, Ghana to identify simple ways to reduce crop contamination from irrigating with wastewater to improve health, diets, and livelihoods. Read More Source: blogs.worldwatch.org
GWP and IWMI Media Advisory (February 22, 2011) - The pressing food and water issues affecting the region will be discussed at a two day workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 24-25, 2011, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/GWP_I
Globalatlanta.com: Emory Receives $2.5 Million for Research in Ghana (February 22, 2011) - Dr. Moe, Bernard Keraita, an irrigation and water engineer from the International Water Management Institute, Clair Null, an assistant professor in Emory’s Hubert Department of Global Health and Peter Teunis, a visiting professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, will lead the study. Read More Source: www.globalatlanta.com
New IWMI Africa Director (February 21, 2011) - IWMI is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director, Dr. Timothy Olalekan Williams to represent IWMI in Africa. As IWMI’s Director for Africa, Dr. Williams’ emphasis will be on “working with national and international partners to improve the adoption of land and water productivity-enhancing technologies and the implementation of policies that will make
BusinessDailyAfrica: Urban farmers use wastewater to feed growing cities (February 14, 2011) - Globally, urban farming is believed to produce roughly 20 per cent of the world’s food supply, with half of this food being grown using waste water, according to a 2009 survey of 53 cities conducted by the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/
Experimental Agriculture, Volume 47 – ISSUE S1 (February 9, 2011) - Non Open Access journal articles by IWMI authors from Cambridge Journals Online. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/Publications/Journal_Art
Nzherald.co.nz: Earth’s gravest challenge: Not enough food to go round (December 9, 2010) - The International Water Management Institute predicts that by 2050, more than two billion people will face severe water scarcity, and a further five billion moderate shortages. Read More Source: www.nzherald.co.nz
Thenewstribune.com: Tacoma group offers role model for providing safe water (December 9, 2010) - In Accra, Ghana, the International Water Management Institute – a nonprofit organization working in Asia and Africa to improve water and land management for farmers and the environment – is helping urban farmers in Ghana to develop improved farm wastewater management. Read More Source: www.thenewstribune.com
Worldwatch.org: Tacoma group offers role model for providing safe water (December 9, 2010) - In Accra, Ghana, the International Water Management Institute – a nonprofit organization working in Asia and Africa to improve water and land management for farmers and the environment – is helping urban farmers in Ghana to develop improved farm wastewater management. Read More Source: www.worldwatch.org
Fao.org: Agricultural water management solutions project (November 29, 2010) - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is funding this project to help design agricultural water management strategies for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and in India. The project is managed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and jointly operated by IWMI, FAO, IFPRI, the Swedish Environment Institute (SEI) and IDE, an NGO specialised
Blogs.worldwatch.org: Innovative Electricity Scheme Sparks Rural Development in India’s Gujarat State (November 25, 2010) - This is the first of three guest posts written by staff at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). IWMI is a non-profit organization supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) that targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in the developing world to reduce poverty and hunger and maintain
Waterlink-international.com: Indian Water Crisis Forecast (November 22, 2010) - “The water demand (in India) will exceed supply by 40% by 2030 if it’s just a business-as-usual scenario and if the government does not spend adequately on infrastructure,” said Bharat Sharma of the International Water Management Institute in an interview with Reuters. “There is little incentive to use the water efficiently.” Read More Source: www.waterlink-international.com
Alertnet.org: ASIA: Water scarcity adds to food pressures (November 16, 2010) - According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/ ], between 24 and 30 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater resources (rivers, lakes and aquifers) are used to irrigate rice, with as many as two billion people already affected by water scarcity worldwide. Read More Source: www.alertnet.org
blogs.ft.com: WEF India: thirst for water (November 15, 2010) - Experts have said that the government must invest more in infrastructure and management. “The water demand (in India) will exceed supply by 40 per cent by 2030 if it’s just a business-as-usual scenario and if the government does not spend adequately on infrastructure,” said Bharat Sharma of the International Water Management Institute in an interview
Ilri.org: Placing ecosystems thinking at the heart of global food security (November 9, 2010) - These three recommendations are described in detail in a forthcoming report, ‘Ecosystems for water and food security’, whose development was coordinated by the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.ilri.org
Weeklytimesnow.com.au: Race to feed hungry world (October 25, 2010) - According to Colin Chartres, director-general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, a doubling of food production would require twice as much water. Read More Source: www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
Timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Guj farmers turn tech savvy, green arid landscape (October 25, 2010) - According to Sharma, earlier the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) had implemented a project named North Gujarat Sustainable Groundwater Management Initiative from 2002 to 2008. Read More Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Switchboard.nrdc.org: World Water Week brings together the scientists, activists, creative thinkers and policy makers to save lives and improve water stewardship (October 19, 2010) - Integration of locally available natural water storage and transportation solutions, rather than traditional centralized treatment and long pipes was another approach echoed throughout the conference. Climate change threats to water supply and sanitation systems was a primary reason the International Water Management Institute argued for integrated water management rather than reliance on large dams. Read
Washingtonbanglaradio.com: Asia Needs to Produce More Food with Less Water – ADB Conference (October 18, 2010) - The study – authored by Aditi Mukherji, David Molden, and Colin Chartres of the International Water Management Institute, and Thierry Facon of the Food and Agriculture Organization – notes that while the total area under irrigation continues to rise in most parts of Asia, systems are irrigating less land than originally intended, water productivity is
Monstersandcritics.com: Asia needs to produce more food with less water, experts say (October 18, 2010) - ‘Asia needs to find ways to make its irrigation systems more efficient and productive without tapping more water,’ added the study authored by the International Water Management Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Read More Source: www.monstersandcritics.com
Nature.com: How to avert a global water crisis (October 12, 2010) - But researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, have come up with plan for averting disaster1. Nature asked Colin Chartres, director of the IWMI and a co-author of the plan, how to avoid running out of water. Read More Source: www.nature.com
Colin’s STRAIGHTtalk: Revitalizing Asia’s Irrigation (October 11, 2010) - In the latest video from the video series titled “Colin’s STRAIGHTtalk” Dr. Chartres talks about Asia’s Irrigation and how it needs to be revitalized. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
Global-economic-symposium.org: Tackling the Tragedy of the Water Commons (October 6, 2010) - Investment in water storage and ways to improve its effectiveness is critical in the defence against climate change and food insecurity, according to Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute, speaking at this week’s 2010 Global Economic Symposium. Read More Source: www.global-economic-symposium.org
Tinygreenbubble.com: Better Water Storage Could Reduce Global Food Shortage (October 6, 2010) - The report, issued by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) out of Sri Lanka, the water supply globally has become erratic. Just recently, in Pakistan severe droughts were followed just months later by massive flooding. Read More Source: www.tinygreenbubble.com
Greenbang.com: The next global crisis: Water (October 6, 2010) - Besides changing our focus from treating symptoms to solving problems, we also need more and better data about how water is being used and how much is available in different parts of the globe, according to the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Such information is hard to come by for different reasons. In
Rusi.org: Climate Change and Security News – September 2010 (October 6, 2010) - Increasingly unpredictable patterns of rainfall, related to climate change, pose a major threat to food security and economic growth, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) warns. Researchers at the Institute have found that Africa and Asia were most likely to be the worst affected and have called for greater investment in water storage and diversifying
Media Release: New CGIAR Consortium CEO to lead the change (October 1, 2010) - The Consortium Board of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research has announced the appointment of the first Consortium Chief Executive Officer, who will lead the CGIAR in the implementation of its new business model. Mr Lloyd Le Page is currently leading the Sustainable Agriculture and Development division of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a Du Pont business.
Waterworld.com: 2010: the year of the floods? (September 30, 2010) - Asad Jarwan Qureshi of the International Water Management Institute was quoted as saying: “Over-grazing by livestock – common in rural Pakistan – can also remove layers of topsoil and stunt plant growth, reducing the soil's ability to hold water.” Read More Source: www.waterworld.com
Search.japantimes.co.jp: Asia is surely gaining an unquenchable thirst (September 28, 2010) - This increasing private irrigation is depleting groundwater resources, a threat to water sustainability, according to “Revitalizing Asia’s Irrigation: To sustainably meet tomorrow’s food needs,” a 2009 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Furthermore, without improvements in irrigation efficiency, much of the water being brought
WorldWatch.org: Transforming Vegetables into Products (September 28, 2010) - According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), up to 50 percent of crops is wasted before it ever reaches the dinner table in Africa, making it more important than ever to find ways to preserve and transform food so that
NtP TV: Funding a Blue Revolution (September 22, 2010) - Nourishing the Planet research intern, Abby Massey, discusses some of the projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa that are working to give farmers access to clean water for irrigation, washing and drinking. Read More Source: http://blogs.worldwatch.org/
UPI.com: Climate change threatens rural poor (September 8, 2010) - “Just as modern consumers diversify their financial holdings to reduce risk, smallholder farmers need a wide array of ‘water accounts’ to provide a buffer against climate change impacts,” lead report author hydrologist Matthew McCartney said. “That way, if one water source goes dry, they’ll have others to fall back on.” Read More Source: http://www.upi.com/
MSN.com: Sustainable use of water resources key to fight climate change (September 7, 2010) - Stockholm: Sri-Lanka based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has advocated increased investment in diverse forms of water storage as an effective remedy to the challenges posed to food security and economic development in developing countries, including India, in the wake of decreasing and erratic availability of water. Read More Source: http://green.in.msn.com/
SMH.com.au: Erratic weather threatens food security (September 7, 2010) - STOCKHOLM Sept 7 AFP – The drought in Russia and floods in Pakistan are part of a global trend of unpredictable weather patterns and rainfall that threaten food security, experts gathered in Stockholm said. “We are getting to a point where we are getting more water, more rainy days, but it’s more variable, so it
NationalGeographic.com: How to Stem a Global Food Crisis? Store More Water (September 7, 2010) - As we’ve seen with severe droughts in Pakistan followed just months later by debilitating floods, the climate change impacts scientists have warned us about for years may finally be here, making the weather harder to predict and prepare for, and traditional sources of irrigation water much less reliable. These changes have dire consequences for feeding
Reuters.com: Diverse water sources key to food security (September 6, 2010) - In a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), experts said Africa and Asia were likely to be hardest hit by unpredictable rainfall, and urged policymakers and farmers to try to find ways of diversifying sources of water. Read More Source: http://www.reuters.com/
EurekAlert.org: In a changing climate, erratic rainfall poses growing threat to rural poor, new report says (September 6, 2010) - “Just as modern consumers diversify their financial holdings to reduce risk, smallholder farmers need a wide array of ‘water accounts’ to provide a buffer against climate change impacts,” said Matthew McCartney, the report’s lead author and a hydrologist at IWMI, which is supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). “That way, if
Cordis.Europa.eu: Water is food security and economic growth (September 6, 2010) - Hurricanes, landslides, droughts and earthquakes are just some of the latest climatic and weather events impacting our planet. Now comes a new report warning that the swelling number of erratic rainfall events related to climate change is on course to adversely impact food security and economic growth, with Africa and Asia feeling the biggest crunch
Nestle.com: Nestle focuses on water quality during World Water Week (September 6, 2010) - Nestle’s partnership with the International Water Management Institute is helping to map water use in the Punjab region. Jose Lopez, Executive Vice President for Nestle, heading Operations and GLOBE, takes part in the High Level Panel discussion to analyse issues such as the effects of poor water quality, pollution implications and the impact of climate
Reuters Alertnet.org: Revamping the world’s use of water is crucial, expert says (September 6, 2010) - “We have taken water for granted, and what we’re seeing is it has gone from an abundant supply to scarcity,” said Colin Chartres, head of the International Water Management Institute, an arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Read More Source: http://www.alertnet.org/
NationalGeographic.com: Six Steps For Avoiding a Global Water Crisis (September 6, 2010) - Dr. Colin Chartres, co-author of the new book Out of Water: From Abundance to Scarcity and How to Solve the World’s Water Problems talks to National Geographic News about how the planet can steer clear of a water crisis. Read More Source: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/
HindustanTimes.com: UN praise for rural job plan in Rajasthan (September 6, 2010) - A UN affiliated body, International Water Management Institute released the report on Monday, Water Storage in Era of Climate Change and has examined the recent trends of heavy rainfall and drought – terming them as a result of climate change. Read More Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/
IPSnews.net: Time Running Out Faster Than Water, Experts Warn (September 6, 2010) - STOCKHOLM, Sep 6, 2010 (IPS) – A major weeklong international water conference opened in the Swedish capital Monday with an ominous warning: time is running out faster than fresh water. If the “massive and complex challenges” facing one of the world’s most finite natural resources are not resolved soon, the future looks grimly devastating: scarcities,
Welcome to World Water Week 2010 (September 5, 2010) - World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions. The theme for the 2010 World
In a changing climate, erratic rainfall poses growing threat to rural poor, new report says (September 5, 2010) - “Millions of farmers in communities dependent on rainfed agriculture are at risk from decreasing and erratic availability of water,” said Colin Chartres, director general of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which released the report to coincide with World Water Week in Stockholm. “Climate change will hit these people hard, so we have
Alertnet.org: Climate change, human failing behind Pakistan floods (September 2, 2010) - Over-grazing by livestock — common in rural Pakistan — can also remove layers of topsoil and stunt plant growth, reducing the soil’s ability to hold water, said Asad Jarwar Qureshi of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: www.alertnet.org
Internationalrivers.org: Global Lessons from the Pakistan Flood Catastrophe (September 2, 2010) - There’s not very much space [in the river channel] to absorb all the rainfall,” says Asad Sarwar Qureshi, a water resources expert at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) branch in Lahore, Pakistan. “We need to get it back into shape, so that it can carry its original capacity.” Read More Source: www.internationalrivers.org
World.globaltimes.cn: ‘Timber mafia’ behind Pakistan’s floods (September 2, 2010) - Over-grazing by livestock – common in rural Pakistan – can also remove layers of topsoil and stunt plant growth, reducing the soil’s ability to hold water, said Asad Jarwar Qureshi of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: world.globaltimes.cn
Indiawaterportal.org: Assessing and improving water productivity in conservation agriculture systems in the Indus-Gangetic basin – A paper by International Water Management Institute (August 30, 2010) - The paper by Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) attempts to assess and improve water productivity in conservation agriculture systems in the Indus-Gangetic basin, in which during the past 40 years an intricate mosaic of interactions between man & nature, poverty & prosperity and problems & possibilities has emerged. Rapid expansion in agricultural water
Seminal.firedoglake.com: Funding a Blue Revolution (August 30, 2010) - In Accra, Ghana the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a non-profit organization working in Asia and Africa to improve water and land management for farmers and the environment, received funding from several groups, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) initiative Challenge Program for Water and Food, to work with urban farmers in
Risingkashmir.com: Food as a weapon (August 30, 2010) - Pakistan and India are already water-stressed economies. The tiff over sharing of Indus water and construction of Baglihar dam has already given hiccups to both countries. David Seckler, Head of International Water Management Institute, Sri-Lanka observes that due to extraction of water from aquifers, India’s harvest could reduce by 25 per cent. Read More Source:
Blogs.worldwatch.org: Innovation of the Week: Funding a Blue Revolution (August 26, 2010) - In Accra, Ghana the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a non-profit organization working in Asia and Africa to improve water and land management for farmers and the environment, received funding from several groups, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR) initiative, Challenge Program for Water and Food, to work with urban farmers in
Huffingtonpost.com: Global Lessons from the Pakistan Flood Catastrophe (August 26, 2010) - There’s not very much space [in the river channel] to absorb all the rainfall,” says Asad Sarwar Qureshi, a water resources expert at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) branch in Lahore, Pakistan. “We need to get it back into shape, so that it can carry its original capacity.” Read More Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Bizcommunity.com: AfricaRice to launch Sawah system in Benin, Togo (August 26, 2010) - The project partners include the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the national programs of the IVC member countries, Hitotsubashi, Tsukuba and Kinki Universities in Japan and the Universities of Hohenheim and Munich in Germany. Read More Source: bizcommunity.com
Video: 6 critical solutions to water scarcity and food security (August 23, 2010) - In the latest video from the series titled “Colin’s STRAIGHTtalk” Dr. Colin Chartres talks about six critical solutions to water scarcity and food security. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
Nqr.farmonline.com.au: (August 18, 2010) - Keynote speaker Dr Colin Chartres, director-general of the International Water Management Institute, said doubling the volume of water was required to double food production. “There are serious doubts whether there is enough water available to do this, at least in the right places,” Dr Chartres said. Read More Source: nqr.farmonline.com.au
Sindhtoday.net: Years of river mismanagement behind massive Pak flooding (August 17, 2010) - Asad Sarwar Qureshi, a water resources expert at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) branch in Lahore cited that due to consistent exploitation river channels have been left with much smaller area to absorb the rainfall. “There’s not very much space in the river channel to absorb all the rainfall. We need to get it
Pakistan Flooding Because of Farms? (August 16, 2010) - “There’s not very much space [in the river channel] to absorb all the rainfall,” says Asad Sarwar Qureshi, a water resources expert at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) branch in Lahore, Pakistan. “We need to get it back into shape, so that it can carry its original capacity.” Wetlands along the river’s course used
Presentation: Water, agriculture and food security in the developing world (August 11, 2010) - Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General of IWMI lectures at the University of Leeds as part of a collection of on-line lectures of scientists from Africa, Europe and the USA on Human health & Sustainable Agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa. Many of the lectures are from the Africa College seminar series. Read More Source: http://www.africacollege.leeds.ac.uk/
News.ninemsn.com.au: World needs blue-green revolution (August 6, 2010) - “There are serious doubts whether there is enough water available to do this, at least in the right places,” Dr Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute, said. “Currently one litre of water is required to produce one calorie of food. Read More Source: news.ninemsn.com.au
Basilandspice.com: FirstLook: Running Out Of Water: The Looming Crisis (August 5, 2010) - ET gauges are employed with infrared sensors to measure heat emitted from the canopy of crops. This process schedules water released to individual parts of the crop field. The International Water Management Institute found that enough water is in place to serve humankind through 2050. Africa and Latin America are slated to have less rain.
Participate in Consortium Research Program 5 (July 29, 2010) - An initial concept proposal for Consortium Research Program 5 (CRP 5) – ‘Durable Solutions for Water Scarcity and Land Degradation’ – is now in the process of being developed into a full proposal. We welcome your comments and participation in this process that will ultimately change the way we work on issues of natural resource
Taintedgreen.com: Biofuels flop in efficiency, but technology moves forward (July 23, 2010) - One of the most significant drawbacks of biofuels is the large amount of land and water needed to cultivate the crops to meet our energy needs. Converting crops to ethanol essentially takes food from our mouths to put fuel in our cars. According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), it takes approximately 2,400 liters
Columbiamissourian.com: LOCALLY GROWN: Don’t throw away when you can reuse (July 19, 2010) - Obviously, we’re often buying more than we need, wasting food, the resources and labor that went into growing it. We’re wasting our own money because we’re buying things, storing them and pitching them in the trash. This includes enough water to provide for 500 million people, according to a report from the International Water Management
Business.peacefmonline.com: Water Resources Commission Gets African Water Facility Grant (July 13, 2010) - According to a 2008 study undertaken by the International Water Management Institute (IMWI), the 55 existing wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and the seven municipal faecal sludge treatment plans (FSTPs) in the country have a total design capacity to serve about 25% of the urban population, but less than 10% are operating according to design. Read
NEGOTIATE – Reaching Agreements Over Water (July 6, 2010) - NEGOTIATE is a vital new resource for those interested in designing, leading, or participating in negotiation and consensus building on sustainable water resources management. Read More Source: http://www.iucn.org/
Climate-l.org: IWMI Releases Policy Brief on Groundwater Management and Climate Change (July 5, 2010) - June 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a policy brief titled “Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change,” which highlights the importance of groundwater storage for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read More Source: http://climate-l.org/2010/07/02/iwmi-releases-poli
Reportage-enviro.com: Local water debate goes global (June 28, 2010) - Colin Chatres, head of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, is a speaker at the workshop entitled Water and Its Interdependencies in the Australian Economy. He says Australia has a lot to teach other countries about effective water use, with many countries facing severe food shortages in the wake of a growing population.
For want of a drink (June 10, 2010) - WHEN the word water appears in print these days, crisis is rarely far behind. Water, it is said, is the new oil: a resource long squandered, now growing expensive and soon to be overwhelmed by insatiable demand. Read More Source: http://www.economist.com/
Dailytimes.com.pk: Pollution new threat to Pakistani water supply from Held Kashmir (June 8, 2010) - A few years ago, a similar report prepared by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) had highlighted sedimentation, sewage disposal and excessive willow plantation in the area. The report warned that due to these activities, the lake’s ecosystem had entered a dangerous phase, as it stimulated the growth of aquatic plants that reduced oxygen levels
Unep.org: New UNEP Report on Restoration of Lost and Damaged Ecosystems (June 4, 2010) - 3 June 2010-Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems-from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands-can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read More Source: http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default
World Environment Day (June 4, 2010) - June 5th is World Environment Day. IWMI’s research looks at how land and water resources are managed for food security, livelihoods and the environment. We explore strategies that enhance water quality, increase food production and alleviate poverty while minimizing negative impacts on human health and ecosystems. Read more… Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/World
Pej.org: The Telegraph UK notes that, “The report, that will be presented to world governments, said the only way to feed the world while reducing climate change is to switch to more a more vegetarian diet.” (June 3, 2010) - In terms of water consumption, the Guardian UK reported on a International Water Management Institute report in 2004 that stated, “Western diets, which depend largely on meat, are already putting great pressures on the environment. Meat-eaters consume the equivalent of about 5,000 litres (1,100 gallons) of water a day compared to the 1,000-2,000 litres used
Merinews.com: Guru Arjan Dev Institute joins Global water partnership (June 3, 2010) - Various technical session will be chaired by Dr Ravinderal Singh of International Water Management Institute; Dr Veena Khanduri of India Water Partnership; Dr K S Verma of Dr Y S Parma University of forestry & Horticulture, Solan and Dr B K Sahu of Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Nearly seventy papers will be presented at
Omaha.com: Food challenge ‘daunting, doable’ (May 4, 2010) - David Molden, a research director at the International Water Management Institute who lives in Sri Lanka, said a looming global food crisis will require new farming methods. Read More Source: http://www.omaha.com/article/20100503/NEWS01/10050
Mysouthend.com: Flood crud and the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) (May 4, 2010) - Boston and North America in general are identified as low to no water-scarcity areas, based on the International Water Management Institute; a water main break in Weston, Mass., left many feeling very differently in an instant. There was a shift in the convenience of access to drinkable water on demand in Greater Boston and the
News.in.msn.com: ICICI Bank’s Sanjoy Chatterjee quits, R Sabharwal appointed ED (May 3, 2010) - Dr Shah was formerly Director of the Institute of Rural Management at Anand and is presently Senior Fellow at the International Water Management Institute. He is an expert in issues related to water management, irrigation and other aspects of agriculture and the rural economy. Read More Source: http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-do
Sciencealert.com.au: Vege towers clever and cheap (May 3, 2010) - The government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations World Food Programme were prompt in providing food for the displaced persons, but most of it was in the form of dry rations. Fresh vegetables were lacking because they were logistically difficult to supply. Working in Vavuniya District in the northeast, the International Water Management Institute
Iiflcap.com: ICICI Bank Board appoints Dr Tushaar Shah as non-executive Director (May 3, 2010) - The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank Limited IBN) has appointed Dr. Tushaar Shah as a non-executive Director effective May 3, 2010. Dr. Shah was formerly Director of the Institute of Rural Management at Anand and is presently Senior Fellow at the International Water Management Institute. Dr. Shah is an expert in issues related to
Sundaytimes.lk: Handy guide to agriculture (April 29, 2010) - Dr. Thilak T. Ranasinghe, Former Director of Agriculture, Western Province, Sri Lanka – addresses these aspects in his book “Manual of Low/No-Space Agriculture -cum- Family Business Gardens”. The book has been published with the support of RUAF Foundation, International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and the Food Security and International Water Management Institute.
Alertnet.org: ANALYSIS-Egypt spat fuels water tension in Nile Basin (April 29, 2010) - “If you can create larger benefits from the water, there are often opportunities to create a positive sum game,” said Mark Giordano of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE62R09C
Farmersguardian.com: Organic sector ‘wrong’ to downplay food security fears (April 29, 2010) - Meanwhile Colin Chartes, director general of the International Water Management Institute, said the Soil Association had simply ‘missed the point’ in its report. Read More Source: http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/latest-news/-o
IWMI presents “Growing Enough Food Without Enough Water” at BrightTalk Water Management Summit 2010. (April 22, 2010) - IWMI’s Deputy Director General – Research, Dr. David Molden will make a presentation on “Growing Enough Food Without Enough Water” at 9.00 hrs GMT on Friday 23 April during BrightTalk’s Water Management Summit. This summit which began on 21 April, features presentations by scientists, academics, and business leaders addressing the increasingly important issue of water
Seminal.firedoglake.com: Reducing Wastewater Contamination Starts with a Conversation (April 21, 2010) - In 2005, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a non-profit organization working in Asia and Africa to improve water and land management for farmers and the environment, received funding from several groups, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) initiative Challenge Program for Water and Food, to work with urban farmers in Ghana
Visayandailystar.com: Farmers told to use ‘controlled irrigation’ (April 21, 2010) - Many countries including places in Southeast Asia will face economic-water scarcity by 2025, the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute reported. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations also said that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.*PNA Read More Source: http://www.visayandailystar.com/2010/April/21/busi
App.com.pk: Mutual cooperation is the most logical response to trans-boundary water management issue : Afridi (April 1, 2010) - The International Water Management Institute has declared most of South Asia to already be facing water scarcity. As population expands, and economic growth further increases competition for water used in agriculture and industry, this situation will worsen, he said. Read More Source: http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_con
Eurekalert.org: CGIAR’s ‘Outstanding Scientist of the Year’ says solution to world’s water woes lies in agriculture (April 1, 2010) - Colombo, Sri Lanka, 30th March 2010. Dr David Molden, winner of the CGIAR award for “Outstanding Scientist of the Year” and Deputy Director General – Research, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says that agriculture is both the cause and solution to many of the world’s water problems. Water scarcity is already a constraint
Climate-l.org: IWMI and WorldFish Center Release Report on Climate Change in Southeast Asia (April 1, 2010) - March 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish Center, both members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), have released a report titled “Scoping Study on Natural Resources and Climate Change in Southeast Asia with a Focus on Agriculture,” with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Read More Source: http://climate-l.org/2010/03/30/iwmi-and-worldfish
Guardian.co.uk: Global water crisis and cheaper technology sparks surge in desalination (April 1, 2010) - The fundamental reason for the rise of water manufacturing is a simple gap between demand and supply: in 2006 a report from the International Water Management Institute found one in three of the world’s population were “enduring one form or another of water scarcity” – such as “when women work hard to get water, [or]
Virtual Water Management Summit (April 1, 2010) - For businesses, efficiency will cut costs and promote environmental awareness, and for all, this summit will provide insight into best practices, tips, case studies, and solutions for responsible resource and facility management. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/Water
Nature.com: Future funding for agricultural research uncertain (April 1, 2010) - There is “some truth” in Pingali’s criticisms, says Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka, one of the CGIAR’s centres. But he says that he and others developing the reforms have deliberately not presented specific ideas so that the conference participants, including farmers, can have input into the
Radioaustralianews.net.au: Leaders to discuss Mekong River’s future (April 1, 2010) - Andrew Noble, a regional director for the International Water Management Institute, says there are concerns about the impact this would have on the migration patterns of fish, which provide a vital food source for millions living along the lower basin. Read More Source: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/20100
Radioaustralia.net.au: Mekon River Commission prepares to meet in Thailand (April 1, 2010) - This week they had support from the International Water Management Institute. Andrew Noble is a regional director for IWMI. Read More Source: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia/stori
Pressherald.com: Researcher: World barreling toward water crisis (April 1, 2010) - PARIS – Water shortages and inefficient irrigation threaten the world’s ability to feed a growing population, said David Molden, deputy director-general for research at the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/resear
Rethinking Agriculture in the Greater Mekong Subregion (March 30, 2010) - How to sustainably meet food needs, enhance ecosystem services and cope with climate change. Nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion need to ‘rethink’ their agricultural industries to meet future food needs, given the social shifts and climate changes that are forecast for the coming decades. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/Rethi
Dr. David Molden receives the award for Outstanding Scientist in the CGIAR (March 30, 2010) - Dr. David Molden, winner of the CGIAR award for “Outstanding Scientist of the Year” and Deputy Director General – Research, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says that agriculture is both the cause and solution to many of the world’s water problems. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/Award
Video: Hillary Clinton speaks about Water (March 23, 2010) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about Water on World Water Day 2010 at the National Geographic Society Washington, DC. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org/
Bdnews24.com: Urban poor suffer water crisis as cities grow (March 23, 2010) - “The water demand (in India) will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030 if it’s just a business-as-usual scenario and if the government does not spend adequately on infrastructure,” said Bharat Sharma of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=156479&cid=
Alertnet.org: FEATURE-India’s urban poor suffer water crisis as cities grow (March 23, 2010) - “The water demand (in India) will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030 if it’s just a business-as-usual scenario and if the government does not spend adequately on infrastructure,” said Bharat Sharma of the International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.alertnet.org/db/an_art/55867/2010/02/22
Happy Birthday, it’s World Water Day! Welcome to IWMI’s 25th Anniversary. (March 21, 2010) - This year, IWMI is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Visit the website and send us your comments via the interactive What Others Say and Road Ahead sections. Read The Changing Face of Development by John Skerritt, IWMI’s Board Chair, the first installment of the thought provoking essay series On Being 25. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org
Publications.mcgill.ca: Canadian Water: Towards a New Strategy (March 19, 2010) - of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the International Water Management Institute; and Canadian pollster Nik Nanos. Since 1995, the MISC has hosted large-scale annual conferences that foster informed, non-partisan discussions of issues affecting Canadians, ranging from Quebec-Canada relations, Aboriginal issues, citizenship and health care to Canadian media, the Charter of
IWMI and Government of LAO PDR sign MOU – Towards the Sustainable Development of Land and Water Resources in Laos. (March 4, 2010) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Government of Lao PDR today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize and establish an IWMI Southeast Asia Regional Office in Vientiane and work towards the sustainable development of land and water resources in Laos. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/
Firstscience.com: IWMI signs MOU with Government of LAO PDR for better management of water and land resources (March 4, 2010) - Vientiane,Lao PDR, March 3 2010. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Government of Lao PDR today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize and establish an IWMI Southeast Asia Regional Office in Vientiane and work towards the sustainable development of land and water resources in Laos. In December 2008 IWMI established a
Video: TV9 Gujarat – Sushma Swaraj praising Gujarat’s agiriculture rate (March 4, 2010) - Indian parliamentarian Sushma Swaraj in a speech to the Indian Parliament credits the work of IWMI scientists, Tushaar Shah in particular, as the basis for Gujarat’s impressive agricultural growth. (Note: Video is not available in English) Read More Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00BUcujrnko
Colins STRAIGHTtalk on Are farmers stuck in an unsustainable model? (March 1, 2010) - Dr. Colin Chartres talks about farmers stuck in unsustainable models in his third video from the series called “Colins STRAIGHTtalk”. The video is available on YouTube.com and the IWMI Web site. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/ColinsSTRAIGHTtalk/
Spie.org: Using remote sensing to assess crop water productivity (February 23, 2010) - Crop patterns, evapotranspiration, biomass, and yield accumulation all can be estimated using satellite sensor data. In our research, we used satellite map data to calculate crop water productivity. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) made a pilot study in the Sry Darya river basin, central Asia,2 which collected land use (or cover) and social-economic information.
Development.asia: Water Works to Improve Food Security (February 23, 2010) - “Asia’s food and feed demand is expected to double by 2050. Relying on trade to meet a large part of this demand will impose a huge and politically untenable burden on the economies of many developing countries. The best bet for Asia lies in revitalizing its vast irrigation systems, which account for 70% of the
Indiatimes.com: Students daring to explore new territory (February 23, 2010) - With a Masters in Development Studies from International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, a Masters in Public Policy from Central European University and a post graduate diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, Amrita Sharma, consultant, Resource Centre and Constituency Management, started her career as a policy researcher with International
Afriquejet.com: Kenya: Report says new investments in agriculture likely to fail (February 16, 2010) - The authors of the report, who are scientists from ILRI, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Water Management Institute, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the World Bank, urged wealthy countries, which pledged US$ 20 billion for developing countries’ agriculture at the G-8 Summit in Italy last year, to look beyond
Indiatimes.com: Tamil Nadu farmers to benefit from Norway project (February 16, 2010) - IIT-Delhi is working on a proposal to collaborate with Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research. Other partners in the project include the city-based MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the International Water management Institute in Colombo. Read More Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Tamil-Nad
Eurekalert.org: New investments in agriculture likely to fail without sharp focus on small-scale ‘mixed’ farmers (February 12, 2010) - The authors, who include scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the World Bank, urge wealthy countries, which pledged US$20 billion for developing-country agriculture at the G8 summit in Italy
Sciencemag.org: Smart Investments in Sustainable Food Production: Revisiting Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems (February 12, 2010) - Farmers in mixed crop-livestock systems produce about half of the world’s food. In small holdings around the world, livestock are reared mostly on grass, browse, and nonfood biomass from maize, millet, rice, and sorghum crops and in their turn supply manure and traction for future crops. Animals act as insurance against hard times and supply
Sciencemag.org: Radically Rethinking Agriculture for the 21st Century (February 12, 2010) - Population growth, arable land and fresh water limits, and climate change have profound implications for the ability of agriculture to meet this century’s demands for food, feed, fiber, and fuel while reducing the environmental impact of their production. Success depends on the acceptance and use of contemporary molecular techniques, as well as the increasing development
Sciencedaily.com: Dramatic Changes in Agriculture Needed as World Warms and Grows (February 12, 2010) - Other authors are Roger Beachy of the U.S. Agriculture Department; Peter Cooper of the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; David Fischhoff of Monsanto Co.; Carl Hodges of The Seawater Foundation; Vic Knauf of Arcadia Biosciences; David Lobell of Stanford University; Barbara Mazur of the DuPont Experimental Station; David Molden of the
Voanews.com: Increasing Food Security in Dry Areas of the Middle East (February 8, 2010) - The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas will provide technical support for the project. Officials from the International Water Management Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute are also taking part in the effort. Read More Source: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2010-02-07-v
Environmental-expert.com: China’s clever water use boosts food yields (February 5, 2010) - David Molden, deputy director-general for research at the International Water Management Institute (IMWI) in Sri Lanka, said that IMWI has found differences in water productivity between countries to be less clear cut than Baoguo’s research suggests. Read More Source: http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPres
Informaworld.com: Water, food and livelihoods in river basins (February 5, 2010) - Conflicting demands for food and water, exacerbated by increasing population, increase the risks of food insecurity, poverty and environmental damage in major river systems. Agriculture remains the predominant water user, but the linkage between water, agriculture and livelihoods is more complex than “water scarcity increases poverty”. Read More Source: http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/251111_731368108_
Iges.or.jp: Regional Water Knowledge Hub for Groundwater Management (February 5, 2010) - The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in 1998 to conduct pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. IGES aims to influence the policy-making processes of international organizations as well as national and local governments, and the activities of businesses, NGOs and local citizens. Read More
Elsevier.com: One Billion are Hungry – Can we reduce hunger now and by 2050? (February 5, 2010) - Guest Editors David Molden and Charlotte de Fraiture, both from the External link International Water Management Institute, commented: “We cannot think of a more pressing question or a more challenging issue in our time. Even if we solve the climate change issue tomorrow, we will still need sufficient food and fiber to support 9 billion
Littleabout.com: How to fight world hunger now and by 2050 (February 5, 2010) - According to Guest Editors David Molden and Charlotte de Fraiture, both from the International Water Management Institute, We cannot think of a more pressing question or a more challenging issue in our time. Even if we solve the climate change issue tomorrow, we will still need sufficient food and fiber to support 9 billion people
Online.wsj.com: Liquid Asset (February 5, 2010) - Dr. Mark Giordano, director of water and society research at the International Water Management Institute based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, believes the “green revolution,” developments in agriculture that led to huge increases in crop yields making food more plentiful in many parts of the developing world, has increased the strain on water supplies. It is
Eurekalert.org: Scientists unite to combat water scarcity; solutions yield more crop per drop in drylands (February 5, 2010) - Starting with US$1 million from USAID, each of the countries taking part in the new initiative will begin implementing its own proposal for improving water and land management linked under the combined initiative. The consortium of countries will receive technical backstopping from ICARDA, together with two other CGIAR Centers-the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Medicalnewstoday.com: Scientists Unite To Combat Water Scarcity; Solutions Yield More Crop Per Drop In Drylands (February 5, 2010) - Starting with US$1 million from USAID, each of the countries taking part in the new initiative will begin implementing its own proposal for improving water and land management linked under the combined initiative. The consortium of countries will receive technical backstopping from ICARDA, together with two other CGIAR Centers – the International Food Policy Research
SciDev.net: Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry (January 25, 2010) - Super crops won’t be enough – the planet will run short of food by 2030 unless we invest to avoid an imminent world water crisis, says Colin Chartres. A few years ago, my organisation, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), demonstrated that many countries are facing severe water scarcity, either because insufficient fresh water is
Environmental-expert.com: Engineering community calls for evidence (January 12, 2010) - Engineering the Future, an alliance of engineering organisations, is calling on consultants, utility companies, academics, government agencies and non-governmental organisations to submit evidence to an inquiry into global water security. Water security presents a growing threat in many parts of the world, with the International Water Management Institute estimating additional water demand of around 30%
Mckinsey Report – Charting our water future (January 12, 2010) - An assortment of water experts across the non-profit and private sectors outline the difficulties of the water challenge, as well as the actions that can be taken to cost-effectively and sustainably close the water gap. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
Edition.cnn.com: ‘Water justice’ advocate: Don’t privatize (January 8, 2010) - A third of the world’s population is suffering from water shortages, according to the International Water Management Institute. The United Nations estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the population will be affected by scarcities. Read More Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/science/01/07/wat
Climate Change: The Tragedy of the Himalayas (December 17, 2009) - It’s a population that is stressed for water, even if the ice doesn’t disappear. According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), most of South Asia is already in a state of water scarcity, as is much of China. At the same time, the population in this part of the world is set to expand,
Bangkokpost.com: Six agencies sued over cadmium pollution (December 14, 2009) - Cadmium contamination was detected in early 2004 by foreign scientists from the International Water Management Institute, which found that several hundred villagers in the tambons had high levels of cadmium in their blood, suspected to have come from eating cadmium-contaminated rice. Read More Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/29111/six-ag
Dawn.com: Heading for hunger (December 14, 2009) - Chronic food shortages, spawning social unrest, will plague the entire region by 2050 at the very latest, according to a recently released report issued by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation with input from the International Water Management Institute. It also indicates that the Asian population will increase by approximately 1.5 billion people over the
Telegraph.co.uk: Al Gore shows us the way to make green from being green (December 14, 2009) - In a presentation to the UN last month, Dr Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute, said that within the next 40 years the world would have an additional 2.5bn mouths to feed and global food production will have to double. Read More Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/en
Follow IWMI’s Tweets from the COP15 Summit (December 13, 2009) - 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) – Copenhagen, Denmark IWMI is Twittering from COP15. View photos and follow the latest tweets from Copenhagen. Photos from Copenhagen Summit [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″]An all star panel for Forest Day 3. From left to right: Jan Heino, Chair, Collaborative Partnership on Forests; Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chair IPCC;
Lloyds.com: Worldwide water crisis: time is running out (December 10, 2009) - Yet around one third of the population already lives in areas where water is physically or economically scarce due to insufficient investment in the necessary infrastructure, according to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: http://www.lloyds.com/News_Centre/Features_from_Ll
Adaptationlearning.net: Don’t ignore agriculture in climate talks, experts warn (December 10, 2009) - Signatories include Colin Chartres, director-general of the International Water Management Institute; William Dar, director-general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; M. S. Swaminathan, former minister of agriculture, India; Joachim von Braun, director-general of the International Food Policy Research Institute; and Robert Zeigler, director-general of the International Rice Research Institute. Read More
Mckinsey.com: Charting Our Water Future (December 10, 2009) - When I chaired the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000, I set out a simple mission: to make water everyone’s business. I am therefore gratified that the 2030 Water Resources Group–a consortium of mostly private companies from several important sectors of the world economy–has made it their business to put together this
Scidev.net: Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry (December 10, 2009) - A few years ago, my organisation, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), demonstrated that many countries are facing severe water scarcity, either because insufficient fresh water is available or because they lack investment in water infrastructure, such as dams and reservoirs. What makes matters worse is that this scarcity predominantly affects developing countries where the
Kashmirwatch.com: Seeking abrogation of IWT is as good as seeking independence (December 8, 2009) - Extensive research done under the aegis of the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Mumbai-based Sir Ratan Tata Trust revealed that once a lively hydraulic society state is facing growing water scarcity and ecological degradation with its vast biological capital eroding with depleting glaciers and shrunk water bodies all now lying in a decrepit
Forbes.com: The Big Gulp (December 8, 2009) - The River Interlinking Project appears settled as official policy but, this being India, is of course not free of controversy. The Godavari, which emanates in Maharashtra state, flows across India and drains into the Bay of Bengal at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. The International Water Management Institute, headquartered in Colombo and funded by 60 governments,
Theecologist.co.uk: Coca-Cola just part of India’s water ‘free-for-all’ (December 8, 2009) - According to Dr David Molden from International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka (IWMI) many thousands of villages that are unable to get water even from tankers have been abandoned completely. ??And if they haven’t yet been abandoned they are a potential site of conflict. Read More Source: http://www.theecologist.co.uk/News/news_analysis/3
Iwmi.cgiar.org: International Workshop on “Tackling Water and Food Crisis in South Asia: Insights from the Indus Gangetic Basin” (December 2, 2009) - Indus-Gangetic Basin (IGB) Focal Project is an initiative by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), lead by International Water Management Institute and with a host of global and national partners. Indus-Gangetic basin is one of the most populous in the world and given the diversity of agro-climatic, social and economic conditions in
Upenn.edu: Battling the Elements: How Can India’s Farmers Cope with Drought? (November 20, 2009) - Yet despite advances, many farmers still don’t have access to irrigation and depend on current rainfall to see them through each sowing season. Even the irrigation systems that are available leave much to be desired, says a report published in August by the non-profit International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nation’s Food and
Dailynews.lk: IFS Scientist wins prestigious award (November 19, 2009) - An alumni of the Devi Balika Vidyalaya in Colombo, Dr. Vithanage completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources at the Sabaragamuwa University in 2002. Following the completion of a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences at the Peradeniya University she was selected for a Doctoral Scholarship by the Copenhagen University, Denmark and the International Water Management
Theaustralian.com.au: Agricultural scientists too thin on ground (November 19, 2009) - A recent a study by the International Water Management Institute and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warns that many Asian countries may need to import a quarter of their rice, wheat and maize or corn by 2050. Last year the world faced a cereal crisis as wheat stocks dropped to a 30-year low. Demand
ScientificAmerican.com: Tree Ring Science and Tomorrow’s Water (November 19, 2009) - Tree ring expert Kevin Anchukaitis, of the tree ring lab at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, talks about the information available in tree rings. And Colin Chartres, the director general of the International Water Management Institute, talks to Lynn Peeples about water issues. Read More Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.
EVENT: International Conference on Sustainable Water Management, 15-17 Sep 2010, Jamshoro – Pakistan (November 19, 2009) - The scientific committee for The International Conference on Sustainable Water Management in Developing and Transition Countries (SWM2010) is pleased to invite abstracts for consideration for the oral and poster presentations of full papers at SW2010 to be held from 15-17th September 2010 at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Pakistan. The abstracts submission deadline is
Firstscience.com: A blue revolution: The key to future food security (November 9, 2009) - Colombo, Sri Lanka 6th November 2009. “We will need nothing less than a ‘Blue Revolution’, if we are to achieve food security and avert a serious water crisis in the future said Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General of the Sri Lanka – based International Water Management Institute. Chartres was speaking to the Economic and Finance
Reliefweb.int: Panellist Calls for ‘Blue Revolution’ As Global Population Grows Amid Shrinking Water Resources for Agriculture (November 9, 2009) - Concurring with that assessment, Colin Chartres, Director of the International Water Management Institute, noted that, because of climate change and other issues, water had become scarcer over the last few decades, and emphasized that water issues must be addressed in a holistic manner. But while water availability had changed, human habits had not. After the
Circleofblue.org: India’s Leaders Argue Over River Linking Plan (November 6, 2009) - The project is designed to move 178 cubic kilometers of water from northern Himalayan rivers to the drier south via 30 diversion projects, which includes 3,000 storage reservoirs and 14,900 km of canals, according to a report by the International Water Management Institute. China’s similar inter-basin project, the South-North Water Transfer Project has a planned
IWMI’s Director General addresses UN General Assembly at special event on “Enhancing Governance on Water” (November 6, 2009) - Dr. Colin Chartres, IWMI’s Director General has been invited to address the Economic and Finance Committee of the UN General Assembly on 6th November 2009. This is at a special event on “Enhancing Governance on Water”. During this event, experts will discuss some of the key issues on the global water agenda, such as how
Timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Money For Nothing (November 5, 2009) - The common pool resource in which everyone has a stake today is groundwater, on which rural India has come to depend overwhelmingly. Most NREGS investments, on private or public land, contribute to ground-water recharge as a significant spillover benefit. Desilting village ponds or digging new ones, cleaning field channels, digging farm or fish ponds –
Circlevilleherald.com: Water conservation: A virtue, value, necessity (November 4, 2009) - The foods we eat also have a water footprint. Meat is the biggest water hog. It takes eight times more water to produce 500 calories of animal-based food than the same amount of plant-based food, says the International Water Management Institute. Processed foods like soda and chips are also water intensive. So eating less meat
Miller-mccune.com: Finding Water from Outer Space (October 23, 2009) - Finding more fresh water is one of the paramount challenges of the 21st century. Nearly one-third of the human race lacks reliable access to clean water, according to the International Water Management Institute. Some 3 million people – most of them children – die every year from diseases spread by contaminated water. A 2007 report
World Food Day – October 16th, 2009 (October 15, 2009) - “We are fond of justifying our efforts in the name of the poor. We should keep in mind that while they are the first to suffer, they are not the last. The sooner we heed the signs of the coming food crisis, the less suffering there will be all around.” Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General
Ftd.de: Politics of water’ leaves Punjab in deep trouble (October 13, 2009) - The degradation of the irrigation system reflects a wider crisis in India’s water supply. The International Water Management Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organisation have warned Asian countries to reform water policies urgently and step up irrigation investment if they are to meet future food needs. Read More Source: http://www.ftd.de/karriere-management/business-eng
World Food Day: Citizens’ of World Focus (October 12, 2009) - David Seckler of the International Water Management Institute writes “Many of the most populous countries of the world – China, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and nearly all the countries of the Middle East and North Africa – have literally been having a free ride over the past two or three decades by depleting their groundwater resources.
NEST launches Aba climate change adaptation scheme (October 12, 2009) - Others include Climate Change and Human Health in Accra, Ghana by the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana; Exploring Urban-Rural Interdependence and the Impacts of Climate Change in Tanzania and Malawi, by Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar Es Salaam; and, Managing Water in the Rural-urban Interface in Ghana and Ethiopia: the
Dr. David Molden wins PAWEES International Award (October 12, 2009) - The PAWEES International Award recognizes individuals who have made significant academic, service or research contributions in the field of paddy and water environment engineering. The award was bestowed at the PAWEES award ceremony on October 7 th 2009, in IBP (Institut Pertanian Bogor – Bogor Agricultural University) International Center, Bogor City, Indonesia. Read More Source:
Iwmi.org: Dr. David Molden wins PAWEES International Award (October 12, 2009) - The PAWEES International Award recognizes individuals who have made significant academic, service or research contributions in the field of paddy and water environment engineering. The award was bestowed at the PAWEES award ceremony on October 7 th 2009, in IBP (Institut Pertanian Bogor – Bogor Agricultural University) International Center, Bogor City, Indonesia. Read More Source:
Ngrguardiannews.com: NEST launches Aba climate change adaptation scheme (October 12, 2009) - Others include Climate Change and Human Health in Accra, Ghana by the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana; Exploring Urban-Rural Interdependence and the Impacts of Climate Change in Tanzania and Malawi, by Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar Es Salaam; and, Managing Water in the Rural-urban Interface in Ghana and Ethiopia: the
Newsblaze.com: World Food Day: Citizens’ of World Focus (October 12, 2009) - David Seckler of the International Water Management Institute writes “Many of the most populous countries of the world – China, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and nearly all the countries of the Middle East and North Africa – have literally been having a free ride over the past two or three decades by depleting their groundwater resources.
Farmers reluctant to invest in drip irrigation (October 6, 2009) - Madar Samad, Regional Director, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), South Asia Office, Hyderabad, and K. Palanisami, Director, IWMI-TATA Policy Research Programme, Hyderabad, spoke, among others. Read More Source: http://www.hinduonnet.com/2009/09/11/stories/20090
Neurope.eu: UN says water resource management need (October 6, 2009) - A report published by the United Nations Food and Read More Source: http://www.neurope.eu/articles/96621.php
Neurope.eu: UN says water resource management needs an upgrade (October 6, 2009) - A report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the International Water Management Institute cautioned that Asia might witness a large rise in demand for food creating risk of shortages, Eurasianet.org reported. The report calls for better management of water resources to avert food shortages across Asia given the lack of spare
hinduonnet.com: Farmers reluctant to invest in drip irrigation (October 6, 2009) - Madar Samad, Regional Director, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), South Asia Office, Hyderabad, and K. Palanisami, Director, IWMI-TATA Policy Research Programme, Hyderabad, spoke, among others. Read More Source: www.hinduonnet.com
development: Diminishing food security – Syed Mohammad Ali (September 29, 2009) - Overall, Asia’s food and feed demand is expected to double by 2050. As there is little scope to expand arable land, growing the extra food can requires better management of land and water supplies. According to specialised agencies like the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), most Asian
9 Environmental Boundaries We Don’t Want to Cross (September 24, 2009) - International Water Management Institute researcher David Molden said the 4,000 cubic kilometer ceiling on freshwater use – roughly one-third of all freshwater – “may be too high.” Myles Allen, an Oxford University climatologist, argued that CO2 emissions should be counted in a different way. Cristian Samper, director of the U.S. Natural History Museum, said that
Drought-like conditions may lead to higher milk production in state: study (September 11, 2009) - The study by IWMI, a non-profit scientific organisation funded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), is an analysis of early drought-like conditions. The study is based on the premises like “as crops fail, farmers divert land, water and other resources to produce more feed and fodder to preserve their livelihoods and income,”
A dried-up India and an agriculture crisis (September 10, 2009) - Even the International Water Management Institute has warned in a recent report that countries in Asia need to update their run-down irrigation systems if they wish to meet the challenge of feeding an extra 1.5 billion people by 2050. And it is not a hidden fact that India is going to have the biggest share
Time to look at your water footprint? (September 10, 2009) - India, China, Pakistan and other large countries avoided famines in the 1970s and 1980s only because they built giant state-sponsored irrigation systems and introduced better seeds and fertilisers. But the extra 1.5 billion people expected to live on the continent by 2050 coupled with rising incomes will more than double Asia’s demand for food, according
Booming Middle-Class Diet May Stress Asia’s Water Needs (August 31, 2009) - The threat was highlighted in a study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which estimate that Asian demand for food and livestock fodder will double in 40 years. At current crop yields, East Asia would need 47 percent more irrigated farmland and to find 70 percent
Beefed-up diets of Asias middle class may lead to chronic food shortages (August 31, 2009) - According to a report in National Geographic News, the threat was highlighted in a study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which estimate that Asian demand for food and livestock fodder will double in 40 years. Read More Source: http://www.littleabout.com/news/31556,beefed-diets
Food Shortage Inevitable for Asia by 2050 (August 31, 2009) - Wheat and maize will also be adversely affected by the water shortages, the new study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows. By 2050, a large number of Asian nations could end up importing more than a quarter of their necessary crops, which would
Measuring the Damage of our ‘Water Footprint’ (August 27, 2009) - “By 2050, we will be confronted with the paradoxical situation of having to feed another 2.5 billion people, but with significantly less water,” said Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute, an internationally funded, non-profit organization looking into ways to improve land and water management. Read More Source: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,6
Only a price on water can end threat to food security (August 26, 2009) - Colin Chartres is Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka and former Chief Science Advisor to Australia’s National Water Commission. Read More Source: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/opinions/20092108-1
Asia Faces Increased Reliance on Food Imports without Water Reform: Report (August 26, 2009) - Developing countries in Asia could have to import more than a quarter of the rice, wheat and maize needed to feed their populations by 2050, a new report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Food and Agricultural Organization says. Read More Source: http://ictsd.net/i/news/biores/53367/
Asia needs a ‘Blue Revolution’ for water usage (August 20, 2009) - Asia needed a “Blue Revolution” to reform its water usage in order to feed another 1.5 billion people by 2050, Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview in London. Read More Source: http://www.china.org.cn/environment/news/2009-08/1
Study: Asia needs water reform to cope with population growth (August 20, 2009) - Without necessary reforms, many Asian nations “face the politically risky prospect of having to import more than a quarter of the rice, wheat and maize they will need by 2050,” the joint report from the International Water Management Institute (IWWI) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. Read More Source: http://www.topnews.in/study-asia-needs-water-refor
Asia could face food shortage by 2050, says study (August 20, 2009) - A study of irrigation in Asia conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute has concluded that water reform is urgently needed in the region to feed extra “1.5 billion people by 2050”. Read More Source: http://www.zeenews.com/news556325.html
Coordinated efforts urged to solve water issues (August 20, 2009) - The population in Asia, however, is projected to increase by 1.5 billion people by 2050, and its food and feed demand is expected to double by then, according to a report released by the FAO and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on Tuesday, August 18. So, the report pointed out that governments in Asian
Asian irrigation systems need updating to meet future food supply challenges (August 20, 2009) - A new joint report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), presented at the World Water Week Conference in Sweden on 18 August, warns that Asian irrigation systems need to be updated to meet the challenge of feeding an extra 1.5 billion people by 2050. Read More
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) (August 20, 2009) - IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations collectively known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is a non-profit organization with a staff of 350 and offices in over 10 countries across Asia and Africa and Headquarters
Innovation urged for water management in Asia (August 20, 2009) - Asian irrigation systems require urgent reform, according to a report published on 18 August by the International Water Management Institute in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other partner groups. Read More Source: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090819/full/460943
World Water Week opens with discussions on water’s role in peace, economic development, and public health (August 20, 2009) - High level panel explores the impact of politics and power on transboundary waters; SIWI releases a primer on effective cooperation in transboundary basins. The 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm formally opened this morning with a plenary session addressing key facets of the week’s central theme of Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for the
Asia’s Water Crisis (August 20, 2009) - Asia faces a water usage crisis which, if not addressed urgently, will cause food shortages and sharply higher prices in the not too distant future. That is the conclusion of a study being published this week by the International Water Management Institute in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture
Water crisis to hit Asian food (August 19, 2009) - The findings are published in a new joint report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). They suggest that Asian countries will need to import more than a quarter of their rice and other staples to feed their populations. Read More Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8206466.st
Global experts warn of Asian water, food crisis (August 19, 2009) - Director General Colin Chartres of the International Water Management Institute says continued water waste will lead to increased malnutrition, poverty and social unrest that will spill into Asia’s neighbors. Read More Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/bas
International experts urge Asia to manage water supplies better on farms or face food crisis (August 19, 2009) - “If we don’t manage to do that there will be increases in malnutrition, increases in poverty, increases in social unrest,” said Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute. Chartres cautioned that the problem will spill into Asian neighbours, based on the experiences of the food crisis of 2007-2008. Read More Source: http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/live/article/28499
Water shortage threatens Asia’s food supplies (August 19, 2009) - By 2050, an extra 1.5 billion people will live in Asia, piling even more pressure on already scarce food supplies, said a study by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). It also forecast that by 2050, developing countries in Asia look likely to need to import more
Welcome to Stockholm Water Week! (August 18, 2009) - Meet up with us at Stockholm World Water Week 16-22 August, 2009 and walk a mile for water! Download presentations and watch videos from Stockholm. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org/
Asia faces food shortage without water reform: UN (August 18, 2009) - An extra 1.5 billion people will live in Asia by 2050, putting even more pressure on already scarce food supplies, said the study, issued by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/news_room/pdf/Asia_faces
Irrigation reform needed in Asia (August 18, 2009) - The report – jointly produced by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum – warns that Asian countries must modernize their ageing irrigation systems if they are to produce enough food to feed their growing populations in
Asia faces food shortage by 2050 without water reform (August 18, 2009) - This warning, along with related forecasts and possible solutions, appear in a report entitled, “Revitalizing Asia’s Irrigation: To Sustainably Meet Tomorrow’s Food Needs”, which was presented today at 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). IWMI, FAO and partner researchers obtained the findings using a computer model called WATERSIM,
Climbing the water ladder – Multiple-use Water services for poverty reduction (August 18, 2009) - The International Water Management Institute, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and International Development Enterprises established partnerships with water service provider groups in eight countries. Partners included water users and grassroots movements, local private service providers, national NGOs, governmental domestic sub-sector agencies and representatives from the productive sub-sectors, local government, and national knowledge centres. Read
Irrigation Company Of Upper Region Board Inaugurated (August 18, 2009) - He added that, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has indicated that, out of the total area hectares under cultivation in the Sub-Saharan Africa, only an estimated 2.4% is under irrigation providing for only 10% of agriculture production. Read More Source: http://www.modernghana.com/news/231546/1/irrigatio
Lack of water threatens Asia’s future: UN report (August 18, 2009) - India, China, Pakistan and other large countries avoided famines in the 1970s and 1980s only because they built giant state-sponsored irrigation systems and introduced better seeds and fertilizers. But the extra 1.5 billion people expected to live on the continent by 2050 will double Asia’s demand for food, says the report from the UN’s Food
India’s thirsty farms drain rocks dry (August 18, 2009) - Indian farmers now pump 60 per cent of their water from underground reserves beneath their land because irrigation canals are emptying the country’s rivers, says Colin Chartres, head of the International Water Management Institute, a non-profit research centre based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Read More Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17620-indias
International Water Management Institute Global Policy Dialogue Model (August 14, 2009) - The IWMI Global Policy Dialogue Model (PODIUM) is a interactive policy planning and scenario analysis tool which explores the trade-offs and future demands on water resources on a national scale. It is intended to foster dialog and stakeholder participation, and provide a basis for multi-sectoral planning and analysis. It is not intended to be used
Could We All Be Drinking Seawater Soon? (August 10, 2009) - Another sunny day in southern California, the sun shining down from a cloudless blue sky onto lawns slowly turning brown, pavement baking in 90 degree temperatures and fresh water in short supply. Add to that a growing population and you’ve got a crisis on your hands–and one not limited to California. According to the International
Wish you weren’t here: The devastating effects of the new colonialists (August 10, 2009) - Indeed, in many places underground, aquifers are falling; in some regions by several metres a year. Rivers are running dry due to over-use. And the worst problems are in some of the world’s most important agricultural areas. If current trends hold, Frank Rijsberman of the International Water Management Institute has warned, soon “we could be
From Bitter Injustice to Natural Threats (August 10, 2009) - The recent report by Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Earthscan of London called “Water for Food, Water for Life” says indigenous peoples are feeling the brunt of a water crisis in Africa, South and East Asia, and in the western parts of South America. Read More Source: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Art
Groundwater crisis could hit India as climate changes (July 27, 2009) - Managing underground water storage will be crucial for coping with future hydro-climatic change in India, according to Tushaar Shah of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo. Depleted aquifers mean higher greenhouse gas emissions as groundwater is pumped and less water available during periods of drought. Traditionally India has relied on surface storage and gravity
Stockholm Water Front – Feeding Everyone: The Big Water Issue (July 27, 2009) - If we continue to go on with business as usual in the agricultural water sector, we will not have enough water to feed the expected 9 billion people on the planet in 2050 Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/news_room/pdf/WF_2-2009.
FEATURE-Drought takes toll on Iraq revival efforts (July 24, 2009) - “It’s everything going on at once. It’s the urbanisation, it’s the climate change, short-term variability in climate, increased demand for food,” said David Molden, deputy head of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. “Iraq is one place, but it’s not alone in the world … Yes you can always blame neighbours or climate
BPA assures smooth resettlement of affected communities (July 22, 2009) - Mr. Sylvester Zigah, Development Programme Officer of BPA, gave this assurance at the first Annual Meeting of Dam Affected Communities, organised by the Secretariat of the Ghana Dams Dialogue-International Water Management institute (IWMI) Process for “Promoting Sustainable Development and Management of Dams in Ghana.” The objective of the dialogue was to contribute towards, equitable, transparent,
Ghana: Country Explores Sea Water As an Alternative to Potable Water (July 21, 2009) - It was under the auspices of the Water Resources Commission (WRC), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) ? a research initiative with a goal to increase the productivity of water used for agriculture, leaving more water for other users and the environment. He explained that
Ghana to harness sea water for household use (July 20, 2009) - Mr Aboagye said: “As we all know fresh water is diminishing in quantity and we need to fall on sea water, which is in abundance. “We need to take a serious look at issues that will ensure that each and every one have a fair share and judicious use of water resources,” The workshop was
Sea Water To Be Made Potable (July 20, 2009) - It was organised by the Water Resources Commission (WRC) in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water for Food. The treatment plant will be located at Teshie-Nungua. Mr. Aboagye did not disclose the name or names of the companies to undertake the project but said a local
EVENT : June 15-17, 2010 – Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture (July 13, 2009) - An International Conference Linking Science and Policy. This three-day conference will provide scientists, policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, local, state and federal governmental officials, and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world. Read More Source: www.ag-groundwater.org
Media Release: The 12th International Riversymposium (July 10, 2009) - The 12th International Riversymposium is a significant world event for water and river management. Running from 21 – 24 September 2009, the theme is ‘Rivers from Source to Sea’ and leading international scientists, industry experts, community groups, NGOs, lawyers, economists, bureaucrats and business people will gather to explore the challenges and solutions associated with attaining
IWMI Rated as “Outstanding” by the World Bank (July 8, 2009) - In 2008, the World Bank gave IWMI an ‘outstanding’ rating for performance. IWMI is one of four centers in the CGIAR to receive this rating which is the highest of three performance categories. Centers were assessed on the basis of their 2008 performance in the CGIAR performance measurement system. The Bank plans to continue its
Ashley Murray: Wastewater is a Resource (July 7, 2009) - Ashley is currently based at the International Water Management Institute in Ghana. She is working to rehabilitate broken wastewater treatment plants to provide (treated) wastewater to urban farmers. But the twist is that the farmers won’t just receive water; they will be involved throughout the process. Land around the wastewater treatment plant will become part
A fine balance in Kutch (July 3, 2009) - Arid districts such as Kutch in Gujarat, and Barmer and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan mainly have livestock economies and it is not unusual to see thousands of animals-goats, cows, sheep, buffaloes and camels-moving amiably along in search of the next watering hole. It seems counter-intuitive that areas with such low rainfall should provide neighbouring states with
Water & Desalination News You Can Use (June 29, 2009) - The International Water Management Institute estimates 33% of the world’s population will live in countries with water scarcity by 2025. That simply means that in less than 20 years, we won’t be able to pretend water shortages are only confined to the Third World. In fact, there are already plenty of developed countries where water
PAWEES 2009 : International Conference on Promising Practices for the Development of Sustainable Paddy Fields Bogor, Indonesia, October 7-9, 2009 (June 28, 2009) - Rice is a primary source of food for energy consumed by almost half of the world population. Rice production is not only a matter of food production but in most Asian countries also demonstrates environmental, social and even spiritual values, or rural values. Innovation or introduction of new methods to develop paddy fields without bearing
SL: Task of livelihood rehabilitation (June 17, 2009) - A new chapter in the agriculture of the Northern Province can be opened by introducing farmers to conservation farming and integrated pest management and integrated natural resources management. Soil health care and enhancement, and more crop per drop of water techniques developed by the International Water Management Institute, will help increase yield and reduce the
Water for Food Conference begins (June 15, 2009) - A national conference on the theme of Water for Food which was organized by the International Water Management Institute, the Irrigation Department, Department of Agriculture and the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute will be held from June 9-11 at the BMICH. The conference will focus on water management issues, food security, environment and
Food waste is my latest green crusade to make the Vail Valley and the country live greener (June 15, 2009) - “As much as half of the water used to grow food globally may be lost or wasted,” says Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture, researcher at International Water Management Institute, in the report mentioned above. “Curbing these losses and improving water productivity provides win-win opportunities for farmers, business, ecosystems and the global hungry,” she said. “An effective
Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam: a balanced assessment (June 5, 2009) - Seleshi Bekele, a senior researcher with the International Water Management Institute, is head of the group’s East Africa and Nile Basin office based in Ethiopia. Jonathan Lautze is a post-doctoral fellow with the institute. Read More Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-o
Black to green: The carbon debate and beyond (May 29, 2009) - As supply problems increase, estimates by the International Water Management Institute, based in Sri Lanka, indicate that India will enter a ‘stress zone’ by 2025, and Pakistan and Sri Lanka shortly thereafter. Water scarcity due to groundwater depletion is already a major problem in India. Read More Source: http://www.himalmag.com/Black-to-green-The-carbon-
Dr. Akissa Bahri to receive the Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research (May 28, 2009) - Dr. Akissa Bahri, Director – Africa, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the “Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research”. This prize was instituted in 2006 to honour distinguished scientists from Africa and the Least Developing Countries, who have made outstanding contributions to science and technology. The prize will be awarded to her
Students flooding IWMI Ghana Office (May 14, 2009) - 35 students from London University, UK, with 4 tutors, have landed in Accra, ready to work in IWMI’s urban wastewater project. The students will analyze what has been achieved in urban and peri-urban agriculture development in four farming sites, located in and around Accra. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Archives/DPU_E
EVENT: 09-11 June, 2009 – Water for Food Conference (May 4, 2009) - The sharp increase in food prices witnessed in the past few years has raised serious concerns about food security, especially in the developing countries. Increasing water productivity in agriculture, making targeted investments and putting in place the right institutional measures will be critical components in effective water use for food and environmental security. These issues
Mobile phone becoming the new frontier in agriculture (April 30, 2009) - “This information could be known only to experts. The challenge is how do we get it to the farmers out there, and spot-on so that they can benefit?” Nadia Manning- Thomas, a researcher with the International Water Management Institute asked IPS. Read More Source: http://www.bdafrica.com/index.php?option=com_conte
Tracy Baker Writes a New Chapter in Africa (April 30, 2009) - Tracy Baker (formerly Baldyga), a GL-CRSP Jim Ellis fellow and past team member of the Sustainable Management of Rural Watersheds (SUMAWA) project, was supported in degree training by the GL-CRSP from 2003 to 2008, obtaining both her MS and PhD through the University of Wyoming. In this profile, Mrs. Baker answers questions about her background,
More Crop Per Drop (April 29, 2009) - The typical person consumes about 800 gallons of water per year. That includes the water that goes into making your food. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says that we’ll need to come up with about 25% more water to feed the world’s growing population. That means finding new water sources and bringing them to
Experts Probe Urban Growth, Climate Change Links in Africa (April 27, 2009) - The resulting population growth of urban centers, in turn, places stress on natural resources, such as arable land, natural fuels, and fresh water supplies, according to Liqa Raschid-Sally, program manager in Ghana and Ethiopia for Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute. Read More Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-24-voa28.cf
Development-Africa: A Msg Of Hope To Farmers (April 17, 2009) - “This information could be known only to experts. The challenge is how do we get it to the farmers out there, and spot-on so that they can benefit?” Nadia Manning- Thomas, a researcher and outreach co-ordinator with the International Water Management Institute asked IPS. Read More Source: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46454
Peak Water Has Come and Gone Unnoticed (April 17, 2009) - Similarly in India, the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is fast becoming an aspirer to industrial development and home to more than 62 million people, is now facing drying wells with 95 percent of those in the farming community suffering. The International Water Management Institute has suggested that “When the balloon bursts, untold anarchy will
Will water corruption trump water security? (April 17, 2009) - If that isn’t bad enough who can forget the International Water Management Institute map highlighting the entire Murray Darling region as an area of projected physical water scarcity by 2025. (Physical water scarcity is when the water resources cannot meet the demands of the population.) Read More Source: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=8
Singapore Minister Yaacob Ibrahim Addresses at Ministerial Forum in Turkey (March 24, 2009) - It is in this spirit of sharing knowledge to address common challenges that the APWFs KnowledgeHubs initiative was launched in 2008. To-date, there are 13 knowledge hubs in the Asia-Pacific Region, including two located in Singapore. Each hub is committed to improving water security in the region by promoting knowledge sharing and championing feasible solutions
ENVIRONMENT-PAKISTAN: Save the Indus Plead Delta Folk (March 16, 2009) - Estimates by the International Water Management Institute indicate that Pakistan is among the 17 countries that are likely to face the most severe water scarcity by 2025. Ayub Dablo, another fisherman, swears that if the Indus had continued flowing uninterrupted, like it once did and watered the delta, Pakistan would not have been importing grain.
World Water Day 2009 – Key Water Messages from IWMI (March 15, 2009) - View latest video and audio messages from IWMI and download useful flyers to distribute in celebration of World Water Day 2009. This year the theme is “Shared Waters Shared Opportunities”. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/
Workshop calls for use of dam-storages to recharge state’s depleting aquifers (March 11, 2009) - The panel discussion was held during the final session under the chairmanship of B N Navalawala, advisor to the Chief Minister. Other participants included Dr Tushaar Shah of International Water Management Institute, R C Jain, regional director of Central Ground Water Board and former bureaucrats N B Desai, V S Brahmbhatt, and Dr S K
ADB Commissions 2nd Water Security Outlook (March 3, 2009) - Organizations involved in the production of AWDO 2010 include the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management in Tsukuba, the International WaterCentre in Brisbane, the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, PUB Singapore, the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of
BIOFUELS: Promise or threat? (March 3, 2009) - According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI): freshwater usage worldwide has increased six-fold over the past 100 years, largely due to irrigation; water resources are dwindling; the price of water is predicted to double or triple over the coming two decades. Meanwhile, severe droughts are resulting in water shortages in Australia, India and South
Save Bundala (February 24, 2009) - The other major catastrophe that has befallen this park of lagoons, tanks and water holes is the change in the water composition over the years in its water bodies. A series of studies done by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has found that water in two of the five lagoons in the park was
Solution for the world’s water woes (February 24, 2009) - Rising populations and growing demand is making the world a thirsty planet, says David Molden. In this week’s Green Room, he says the solution lies in people reducing the size of their “water footprints”. “Each of us can make a difference if we first consider the water implications of our lifestyles and the water footprint
Eight reasons to pack your lunch (February 19, 2009) - As much as 30 per cent of leftover food (worth about $48.3 billion) in the U. S. is thrown away every year, according to a recent study from the Stockholm International Water Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the international Water Management Institute. In other words, if you eat what’s left of last
How African Farmers are Dealing with Climate Change (February 17, 2009) - Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries must rethink and adopt water storage strategies for mitigation and adaptation, said Fitsum Hagos, a social scientist with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). SSA, he said, is one of the places that will be hit the hardest by severe water shortage as the region is already under severe water stress.
Pollution afflicts Thai farmers / Toxic cadmium poisoning symptoms similar to ‘itai itai’ disease (February 16, 2009) - The nonprofit International Water Management Institute (IWMI) concluded in 2004 that pollution of accumulated cadmium had changed the color of the rice in the area. Upon the discovery, the Thai government banned farmers in the polluted area from cultivating rice. So, Yen began growing corn for fuel use and other vegetables in place of rice,
Solution for the world’s water woes (February 11, 2009) - Nonetheless, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and other research organisations have identified new and more affordable opportunities for low-cost water investment. For example, resource-poor farmers can afford low-cost drip irrigation kits, whereas conventional irrigation, which costs more than $4,000 per hectare, is well beyond their means. Read More Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7881382.stm
Sardar Sarovar way off projected path (February 5, 2009) - A study conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in the SSP command area has revealed that farmers are using the branch canal to divert the water to their fields. The study titled “Evolving Arrangements for Local Water Delivery in SSP Command Area” said: “A few villages like Thanwa in Vadodara branch indirectly get
Water, not land, to slow China ag expansion (February 2, 2009) - The International Water Management Institute reported in 2003 that on the North China Plain-home to 200 million people and source of more than half the country’s wheat-streamflow had virtually stopped by 2000 because of diversions and factory usage. Beneath the plain, aquifer levels are plummeting because of the irrigation which feeds 70pc of the region’s
Water for Food Conference – 9th-11th June 2009 (January 30, 2009) - The International Water Management Institute, Irrigation Department, Department of Agriculture and Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute are jointly organizing a national conference to address water management issues, food security, environment and climate change in Sri Lanka. It will be held on 9th-11th June 2009 at BMICH. Anyone wishing to participate can find more
Water pressure running dangerously high (January 27, 2009) - In 2003, Frank Rijsberman, then head of the International Water Management Institute, expressed his concern: “If present trends continue, the livelihoods of one third of the world’s population will be affected by water scarcity by 2025. We could be facing annual losses equivalent to the entire grain crops of India and the US combined.” Read
FAO and IWMI Launch Asia Pacific Water Forum’s Knowledge Hub on Irrigation Service Reform (January 26, 2009) - 22 January 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) launched the Asia Pacific Water Forum’s Knowledge Hub for Irrigation Service Reform during a workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19 – 21 January 2009. The Knowledge Hub will work towards
Mae Sot locals sue two zinc mining firms for B3.7bn (January 20, 2009) - The Mae Tao saga began in 2004 when a study by the International Water Management Institute found that soil and water supplies in the Huay Mae Tao and Huay Mae Ku areas in Mae Sot district were heavily polluted with cadmium. The contaminated area covered 13,200 rai, including paddy fields, plantations, waterways and residential areas.
ADB funded IWMI-FAO Workshop on Trends and Transitions in Asian Irrigation: Prospects for the Future (January 19, 2009) - IWMI and FAO are co-hosting a brainstorming workshop on ‘Trends and Transitions in Asian Irrigation: Prospects for the Future’ from 19th to 21st January 2009 at the FAO-RAP office in Bangkok. This workshop is funded by the Asian Development Bank and around 25 experts are attending this workshop. The objective of this workshop is to
SASB reconstituted (January 8, 2009) - Besides being a member on various prestigious Government and non-Government Organisations, Narain is a Member of Committee on Environment, Planning Commission of India, Environmental Pollution Authority for the National Capital Territory and International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Justice (Retd) G D Sharma has been a distinguished member of the judiciary and is presently
As far as major pollution incidents go, Mother Nature got off pretty lightly in 2008. (January 7, 2009) - Meanwhile, the International Water Management Institute exposed another link between pollution and agriculture – this time the other way round. According to the organisation, 80% of farmland in or near cities in the developing world is being irrigated by sewerage. Read More Source: http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=15805&c
Southern Africa Regional Conference on Agriculture (January 4, 2009) - On 8-9 December 2008, ReSAKSS-SA organized a high level “Southern Africa Regional Conference on Agriculture” in collaboration with “The Southern African Development Community (SADC)” and “Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)” in Gaborone, Botswana. The theme of the conference was: Agriculture-led Development for Southern Africa: Strategic Investment Priorities for Halving Hunger and Poverty by 2015. The
Will the world die of thirst? (December 11, 2008) - Experts from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) believe that if the current dynamics of economic and population growth persist, the demand for water will more than triple by the middle of the century, and the world will be short of drinking water in 20 years. What is the way out? It is possible to
Irrigation Mitigation (December 8, 2008) - Approximately 50 million acres of land worldwide is used for the production of biofuels and about 11.6 trillion gallons of water is used throughout the world annually to irrigate energy crops, according to a report entitled “Biofuels and Implications for Agricultural Water Use: Blue Impacts of Green Energy” published by the International Water Management Institute.
CGIAR Annual General Meeting 2008 (December 4, 2008) - “Investing in Agricultural Science: The Best Bet for the Future”, is the theme of this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1-5 December. This year, participants are looking at how agricultural research, science and technology, and food policy initiatives can better improve the lives
CAC Program Wins “CGIAR KIng Baudouin Award for Outstanding Partnership” (December 3, 2008) - The CAC (Central Asia and the Caucasus) Program for Sustainable Agriculture has been awarded with the “CGIAR King Baudouin Science Award for Outstanding Partnership” in Maputo, Mozambique, during the CGIAR’s Annual General Meeting 2008. This award is in recognition of the outstanding partnership levels achieved in the CAC Program. The award comes with a prize
Chenab Water Issue: India is Leaving a Bad Taste (December 3, 2008) - he International Water Management Institute (IWMI) published a report in 2006 by 700 experts, warning that one in three people were ‘enduring one form or another of water scarcity’. For food alone, the World Bank estimates that demand for water will rise 50 per cent by 2030, and IWMI fears it could nearly double by
The shimmer of blue gold (November 19, 2008) - And despite the notion that water is everywhere, consumable and usable water really is not. Supply is under pressure with only half the world’s population having access to water through household or yard connections. In fact, according to the International Water Management Institute’s annual report, by 2025, it is expected that approximately two thirds of
Ganga’s moment (November 19, 2008) - MOEF recommends a minimum flow of a little less that one cumec, while the Bhagirathi requires 13 cumecs of flow throughout the year to maintain its Class A status. The International Water Management Institute defines a Class A river as one whose water needs little treatment for drinking. New study, just hogwash? Environmentalists have criticized
Food crisis a warning we must heed (November 11, 2008) - THE director-general of the International Water Management Institute, Colin Chartres, has warned that Australia, along with the other developed nations, needs to invest more in research into agriculture and water management and in international aid. Read More Source: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197
Vacancy: Director, Challenge Program On Water And Food (November 10, 2008) - [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] [box2 title=”” bgcolor=”#ffffff” textcolor=”#006bb3″][/box2] …… “A unique opportunity to lead an international program to help solve one of the world’s greatest challenges – reducing hunger and poverty in the face of declining water resources” …… Director, Challenge Program On Water And Food The CPWF is an international, multi-institutional research initiative with
Is water the new oil? (November 4, 2008) - Two years ago, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) published a report by 700 experts warning that one in three people were ‘enduring one form or another of water scarcity’. ‘Scarcity for me is when women work hard to get water, [or] you want to allocate more but can’t,’ says David Molden, deputy director of
Korean Wetlands Impress Ramsar Participants (November 4, 2008) - Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, a researcher at International Water Management Institute, said she wanted to visit the places again to look more deeply case by case. ”I am interested in how the wetlands contribute to local water management and I will be pleased to see how Korea is dealing with it,” she said. Read More Source:
Water experts to aid Arkville center (November 4, 2008) - Seckler served as director general of the International Water Management Institute from 1995 until his retirement in 2000. “We are eager to work through WDC to raise awareness of the coming water crisis,” Seckler said. Seckler, Keller and Lenton visited the Catskill region over the Columbus Day weekend to learn about the area, the New
Drought Resistance Is the Goal, but Methods Differ (October 28, 2008) - How much could be gained by use of these new crops is not yet clear. A report in 2007 by the International Water Management Institute, which is part of a network of agricultural research centers, concluded that genetic improvements would have only a “moderate” impact over the next 15 to 20 years in making crops
Accra Consensus – Agenda for Research, Capacity Building & Action on the Safe Use of Wastewater and Excreta in Agriculture (October 28, 2008) - In collaboration with IDRC and WHO, IWMI organized in early October an international expert consultation in Accra, Ghana, to brainstorm about the state of the art of applied research on wastewater irrigation in low-income countries. This meeting followed the one in Hyderabad in 2002 and concluded with a Consensus statement by about 40 participants from
Drinking water for 800 schools (October 23, 2008) - Additional Secretary G. A. Kumararatne said moves are under way to obtain international assistance to take forward ongoing projects of the Government. He said only 32 per cent has access to pipe-borne drinking water facilities and said it could be increased to 90 per cent by 2015. Health and Nutrition Director of Education Ministry Renuka
Society must unite to build healthy nation (October 16, 2008) - The Sanitation Task Force (STF) in Sri Lanka yesterday announced the necessity politicians ,teachers, households and communities in general to ensure sanitation in their localities by creating adequate awareness and understanding of its importance in maintaining the health of the nation. STF made this statement yesterday at a function held to mark International Year of
Canada in 2020 – Agriculture: Grow-ops (October 13, 2008) - Of course, feeding the world, whose population is expected to reach 8.5 billion within 30 years, will require more than just soybeans. Indeed, it will require a lot of water. Agriculture already consumes 70% of the extracted water used worldwide, and the increased appetite for meat in emerging markets will only exacerbate that usage. About
Another inconvenient truth (October 6, 2008) - According to a report by the International Water Management Institute, by 2025, about one third of the world’s population, perhaps as many as 3 billion people, will face water shortages. From an agricultural standpoint, we may be looking at losses equivalent to the entire grain crops of India and the United States by then. According
When the going gets tough… (September 24, 2008) - The report said food had to become more affordable and nutritious without degrading the land. In 2006,water specialists from numerous national institutes published the greatest-ever assessment of water and food. The International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture report concluded one third of the world’s farmers already faced water scarcity.
Remote sensing and GIS for wetland inventory, mapping and change analysis (September 22, 2008) - “Remote sensing and GIS for wetland inventory, mapping and change analysis” – Rebelo et al 2008 listed as No 13 of the “Top 25 Hottest Articles”. The “top 25” refers to the most read articles – counted by article downloads on ScienceDirect. Read More Source: http://top25.sciencedirect.com/
Running dry (September 19, 2008) - MOST people may drink only two litres of water a day, but they consume about 3,000 if the water that goes into their food is taken into account. The rich gulp down far more, since they tend to eat more meat, which takes far more water to produce than grains. So as the world’s population
Tacio: Running out of water (September 19, 2008) - The Philippines used 28.5 billion cubic meters of water in 2000. A third of that flowed into farms. According to a UN-backed study by the International Water Management Institute, the amount of water needed for crop production will rise 60-90 percent by 2050, to 11,000-13,500 cubic kilometers from 7,200 cubic kilometers today, depending on factors
Health concerns over imported fruit and veg (September 19, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute has found some farmers in 53 developing countries use untreated sewage and urban wastewater to grow crops. Institute director general Colin Chartres says we can’t assume exporting countries are properly testing all of the produce we’re importing. Read More Source: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/200809/s2
Solving the food crisis needs water (September 17, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute, which I lead, is ready to take on this challenge and wants to do so in partnership with leading Australian and international agencies. Australian soil and water scientist, Dr. Colin Chartres is Director General of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a non-profit research organization focusing on the
Lessons from World Water Week ’06 (September 12, 2008) - In fact, the future would appear dire. This past week, a panel of scientists released a groundbreaking study on water usage over the past half-century. Under the banner of the International Water Management Institute, more than 700 researchers from 100 institutions across the world contributed to this important study. Their warnings should wake us from
Human waste to power US city (September 12, 2008) - “There is a large potential for wastewater agriculture to both help and hurt great numbers of urban consumers,” said Liqa Raschid-Sally, who led the study published by the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute and released this week at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Read More Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/HealthSci/Human
Forecast: dry, becoming drier (September 10, 2008) - The Middle East and North Africa, the driest population centre on the planet, is particularly vulnerable to water shortages. According to the International Water Management Institute, every country in the MENA region suffers from physical water scarcity or is approaching it. Yemen – fabled for the fertile ancient kingdoms of Arabia Felix – is expected
A benign dam (September 9, 2008) - But Surya K Sharma says there was no significant increase in the population of the other malaria vector. Also, the researchers did not come across any other vector borne disease that could be linked to the dam. “The study states its limitations that all dams will not exhibit this feature as a number of factors
Water Resources System Specialist – Ethiopia (September 8, 2008) - We seek a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Water Resources System Specialist to research water resources and hydrology. The successful candidate will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will report to the Head of IWMI East Africa and Nile Basin Office. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/About_IWMI/Vacancies/
Through Bifocals (September 4, 2008) - That’s the conclusion of a joint report issued last month by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Water Management Institute, and the Stockholm International Water Institute. In addition, the amount of water needed to grow that food would meet the household needs of 500 million people. A population almost double that
Millions eat food watered with wastewater (September 1, 2008) - A study of 53 cities across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) showed 80% of those studied are using wastewater in urban agriculture. Revealing the results of the study at World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden, the IWMI said it is used more commonly for growing
GLOBAL: Food wasted is water lost (September 1, 2008) - In Saving Water: From Field to Fork – Curbing Losses and Wastage in the Food Chain, a policy brief by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), projected food and cereal demand could double by 2050, and the world would need 10,000 to
Tapped out (September 1, 2008) - But the good grace of Mother Nature to keep the valley fertile through adequate rainfall may not be enough to sustain the crop growth and drinking supply needs of the Shoals in the coming years. Dawn Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the International Water Management Institute, said it could be 25 years before the nation, as well
Of Salads and Sludge (September 1, 2008) - You may want to hold your nose for this one. A new study reveals where water goes when you flush the loo–basically, in your salad. In a survey of 53 countries, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that the majority of produce cultivated in urban plots is irrigated with water from polluted streams, lakes
Economic costs of poor sanitation and Asia Day at World Water Week (August 28, 2008) - The event saw the launch of a number of new and groundbreaking studies, reports and initiatives designed to improve a global situation where billions of people are without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffering ill health due to poor sanitation. Last week, the feature article in CSR Asia Weekly (Vol.4 Week 34) focussed
How Much Food Do Humans Waste? Try Half (August 28, 2008) - But since we’re not here to obscure reality as an excuse to make everyone feel better, here’s the truth: According to a new report by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Water Management Institute, about half of all the food produced worldwide goes to waste. The report
Untreated wastewater used in agriculture (August 25, 2008) - The 53-city International Water Management Institute survey showed 80 percent of those cities regularly use untreated or partially treated waste water for urban agriculture. Officials said the practice is often critical to farmers’ incomes and urban food security but raises health concerns. “Irrigating with wastewater isn’t a rare practice limited to a few of the
Sewage could be vital to feeding the world (August 25, 2008) - These predictions come in a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka, which is backed by the World Bank. The most detailed of its type, it is based on a survey of 53 cities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Charles Chartres, director of the IWMI, warned
Water Prize Award: Reducing food waste can improve water balance (August 25, 2008) - SIWI, along with the UN food agency FAO and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) compared discarded food to leaving the tap running in a joint report ‘Saving Water: From Field to Fork – Curbing Losses and Wastage in the Food Chain’. ‘As much as half of the water used to grow food globally may
DEVELOPMENT: Wasted Food Is Also Wasted Water (August 25, 2008) - “That’s like leaving the tap running and pouring 40 trillion litres of water into the garbage can — enough water to meet the household needs of 500 million people,” says the report co-authored by SIWI, along with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka.
Tossed Food Is Also Lost Water (August 25, 2008) - The report, “Saving Water: From Field to Fork — Curbing Losses and Wastage in the Food Chain,” was issued on Thursday by the Stockholm International Water Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the International Water Management Institute (report pdf here). It outlines ways that governments could halve the amount of food
Human Waste Used by 200 Million Farmers, Study Says (August 25, 2008) - “There is a large potential for wastewater agriculture to both help and hurt great numbers of urban consumers,” said Liqa Raschid-Sally, who led the study published by the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and released this week at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Read More Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/08
Water experts urge major cuts in food waste (August 25, 2008) - “As much as half of the water used to grow food globally may be lost or wasted,” said David Molden, director of research at the International Water Management Institute. The report was unveiled at World Water Week, a meeting of 2,500 scientists, politicians and officials from 140 countries who met to discuss global water issues.
DEVELOPMENT: Food, Fuel and Water Crises (August 25, 2008) - Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said the causes of water scarcity are essentially identical to those of the food crisis. “There are serious and extremely worrying factors that indicate that water supplies are close to exhaustion in some countries,” he said. Read More Source: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43641
Half of All Food Produced Worldwide is Wasted (August 25, 2008) - The brief authored by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Water Management Institute shows that the current food crisis is less a crisis of production than a crisis of waste. Tossing food away is like leaving the tap running, the authors say. “More than enough food is
Global Water Experts Urge Governments To Halve Food Waste By 2025 To Fight Famine, Save Water (August 25, 2008) - Organizations at [World Water Week, a meeting of 2,500 scientists, politicians and officials from 140 countries who met to discuss global water issues] in Sweden said policy makers and businesses have to drastically improve harvesting methods on farms and minimize waste in food processing. Consumers also must be made aware of the implications of food
Water and Sanitation Looms Behind Food, Energy and Climate Crisis Concludes World Water Week (August 25, 2008) - SIWI, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released the report, “Saving Water: From Field to Fork – Curbing Losses and Wastage in the Food Chain.” Read More Source: http://www.newsdesk.se/pressroom/stockholm_interna
Study shows wastewater used for agriculture (August 21, 2008) - Washington (PTI): As developing countries confront the first global food crisis since the 1970s as well as unprecedented water scarcity, a new 53-city survey, including Bangalore and Chennai, conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) indicates that most of those studied are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture. In over 70 per
Wastewater irrigation is better than you think (August 21, 2008) - NORMALLY, news about the environment can be pigeonholed into one of two categories: a big one, labelled “Bad” and a smaller one, with a heading along the lines of “Encouraging” or at least “Not Quite as Bad as You Thought”. But your correspondent has no idea where to file a report on the use of
World Water Week Kicks Off In Stockholm (August 21, 2008) - Reuters writes that a study released by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on Monday said “cities in developing countries around the world are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture, posing serious health risks to urban consumers. … The study looked at 53 cities in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Global Talk: Water, Energy & Food in Stockholm (August 21, 2008) - Thought for Food — “Water-Related Synergies and Trade-offs – Food and Bioenergy” and “Improve Food Security – Combine Productive Sanitation, Conservation Agriculture and Water Harvesting” discussed a report from the International Water Management Institute and “‘eco-sanitation’ to create synergies in agricultural production that can enable us to feed more people and improve the sanitation situation.”
Of Sludge and Salad: Wastewater Greens the World’s Gardens (August 21, 2008) - In a survey of 53 cities worldwide, the International Water Management Institute (IMWI), a water research and advocacy group, has found that the vast majority of produce cultivated in urban plots is irrigated with what amounts to tainted water, fetched from polluted streams and lakes or wells. True, only a fraction (say 10 percent) of
Sewage use on crops sparks push for tougher controls (August 20, 2008) - A global food shortage and unprecedented water scarcity have driven an increase in the use of partially treated or untreated waste water to irrigate crops, according to the International Water Management Institute report released yesterday at a world water conference in Sweden. IWMU researcher Liqa Raschid-Sally said waste water was used mainly to grow vegetables
Top scientist calls use of biofuels ‘frightening’ (August 20, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute, which published the findings, said that more than half of farmland near 70 percent of cities in Third World countries is watered with sewage that threatens to spread epidemics. An increasing demand for water and food has spurred the use of sewage to water crops but in many cases is
Global survey: Wastewater extensively used in agriculture (August 20, 2008) - WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — A new 53-city survey conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) indicates that most cities are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture. Wastewater use is critical to farmers’ incomes and urban food security but raises health concerns, IWMI said in a statement released on Monday. In over
Sustainable agriculture gets Irish Aid (August 20, 2008) - CGIAR, which was established to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research, has noted that parallel to the food shortage and price rises is a water crisis. Colin Chartres, the International Water Management Institute’s director general said the reasons for water scarcity “are much the same as those that
World Water Crisis Underlies World Food Crisis (August 20, 2008) - As developing countries confront the first global food crisis since the 1970s as well as unprecedented water scarcity, a new 53 city survey presented at the conference by the International Water Management Institute indicates that 80 percent of those studied are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture. In over 70 percent of the
Waste as a Resource (August 19, 2008) - The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) together with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will convene a full day workshop in Stockholm on Tuesday 19 August on “Waste as a Resource”. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org/
Global study shows widespread sewage use on farms (August 19, 2008) - STOCKHOLM, Sweden: People in developing countries are facing growing health risks caused by the widespread use of raw sewage to irrigate crops, according to a study unveiled Monday at a global water conference in Sweden. The report, by the International Water Management Institute, says more than half of farmland near 70 percent of cities in
Wastewater fears for urban farms (August 18, 2008) - Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people
Sanitation and waste water use on World Water Week agenda (August 18, 2008) - Stockholm – Lack of access to sanitation remains a major impediment to global development while claiming hundreds of lives daily, experts agreed Monday as the annual World Water Week opened Monday. Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander one of the dignataries at the meeting, that said despite progress to build latrines and improve sanitation around the world
Winner of Stockholm Water Prize criticizes biofuels and urges vegetarianism (August 18, 2008) - The winner of the Stockholm Water Prize criticized the growing use of biofuels Monday and urged people to eat less meat to help cut the amount of water used in food production. British professor John Anthony Allan said the effect of the growing use of biofuels “is too frightening to even begin to realize.” Allan,
Millions eating food grown with polluted water, says UN report (August 18, 2008) - At least 200 million people around the world risk their health daily by eating food grown using untreated waste water, some of which may be contaminated with heavy metals and raw sewage, according to major study of 53 world cities. Urban farmers in 80% of the cities surveyed were found to be using untreated waste
Scores of cities using untreated wastewater, study says (August 18, 2008) - STOCKHOLM – Cities in developing countries around the world are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture, posing serious health risks to urban consumers, a study released on Monday said. “Irrigating with wastewater isn’t a rare practice limited to a few of the poorest countries,” said researcher Liqa Raschid-Sally, a researcher for the International
India’s Rains Leave Central Bankers Guessing: Andy Mukherjee (August 11, 2008) - “After 200 years of canal building, less than 15 percent of Indian farmlands benefit from canal irrigation,” says Tushaar Shah, a principal scientist at the International Water Management Institute in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. India can lessen the risk to the economy from monsoon failures by thinking small. A simple but effective strategy will be to
Traditional forms of agriculture: Unexpected degree of diversity, time-honored principles (August 11, 2008) - The research carried out was conducted with contributions from researchers from CIRAD, the CNRS, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the Center for International Forestry Research (Indonesia), the Institut français d’études andines (Peru), the International Water Management Institute (Ghana), the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and from the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (Brazil) Read
Punjab facing major irrigation and drainage challenges (August 11, 2008) - This was stated by Senior Minister Punjab/ Minister for Irrigation & Power, Raja Riaz Ahmad while delivering his key-note address at the inaugurating session of the workshop on “Assessing the impact of physical and management interventions on irrigation system performance in Punjab”, organized by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with Punjab Irrigation &
IWMI Vacancy : Economist-Impact Assessment (August 4, 2008) - We require a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Economist-Impact Assessment. The successful candidate will be based in IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo and will report to the Leader of IWMI’s Water and Society Theme. The work of the selected individual will form a core component of IWMI’s Water and Society Theme and
CPWF Vacancy : Impact Director (August 4, 2008) - The CPWF wishes to appoint an Impact Director to provide leadership in the design and implementation of all CPWF activities relating to generating and evaluating outcomes and impacts. This position reports directly to the CPWF Program Director. The successful candidate will be based at the CPWF Secretariat, located at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
CPWF Vacancy : Science Director (August 4, 2008) - The CPWF wishes to appoint a Science Director to provide leadership in the design and implementation of all scientific research conducted by the CPWF. This includes identifying directions in which the scientific research agenda must advance, given evolution in and progress along impact pathways and related planning and management tools. This position reports directly to
In a world of waste, be thankful for the excess (July 31, 2008) - A report to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development links this waste in Western countries to problems in feeding the world’s poor and needy. The report, from Stockholm International Water Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN and the International Water Management Institute, says “tremendous” quantities of food are discarded in processing,
IWMI Working Paper 121 posted as South Asia Featured Research on www.gdnet.org (July 31, 2008) - The paper deals with environmental and social values of river water. Although many decisions on water allocation in river basins are made on economic grounds but environmental and social benefits of water should also be considered in river basin management. The objective of the study is to evaluate the costs and benefits of environmental water
Colorado Water Examiner (July 24, 2008) - John is a Denver native, who graduated from Metropolitan State College and attended the University of Montana Graduate School of Business. He works for the city of Denver, Department of Public Works, Wastewater Management Division. John is an avid hiker, backpacker and — in the days before a knee replacement and hip replacement Read More
IWMI Vacancy : Irrigation Specialist (July 17, 2008) - IWMI requires a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of ‘Irrigation Specialist’ to spearhead its work on “revitalizing irrigation”, to assist in tackling the world’s food and water crises. The successful applicant will be based in Pakistan, Central Asia or Sri Lanka and will report to the Leader of our Productive Water Use
IWMI Vacancy : Water Resources Planner (July 17, 2008) - We require a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of “Water Resources Planner” to carry out research addressing issues associated with water resource development and allocation in developing and emerging economies. The successful applicant will be based in Laos, Sri Lanka or Pakistan and will report to the Leader of our Water Availability
IWMI Vacancy : Water Economist (July 17, 2008) - We require a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Water Economist. The successful candidate will be based in any of IWMI’s 12 offices in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and will report to the Leader, Water and Society Theme. A key water governance issue in many developing countries is that water continues to
Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry (July 16, 2008) - A few years ago, my organisation, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), demonstrated that many countries are facing severe water scarcity, either because insufficient fresh water is available or because they lack investment in water infrastructure, such as dams and reservoirs. What makes matters worse is that this scarcity predominantly affects developing countries where the
Water : The Forgotten Crisis – By Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General, IWMI (July 15, 2008) - This year, the world and, in particular, developing countries and the poor have been hit by both food and energy crises. As a consequence, prices for many staple foods have risen by up to 100%. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.org
Water: The forgotten crisis (July 13, 2008) - A few years ago, IWMI (the International Water Management Institute) demonstrated that many countries are facing severe water scarcity, either as a result of a lack of available fresh water, or due to a lack of investment in water infrastructure such as dams and reservoirs. What makes matters worse is that this scarcity predominantly affects
Global push to reduce food wasted (July 13, 2008) - The report, from Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says that “tremendous” quantities of food are discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and people’s kitchens. “This wasted food is also wasted water,” it continues. “In the US, for instance, as much
Rs. 11.3b ADP for irrigation, power Deptt: Raja Riaz (July 9, 2008) - This was stated by Senior Minister Punjab/ Minister for Irrigation & Power, Raja Riaz Ahmad while delivering his key-note address at the inaugurating session of the workshop on Assessing the impact of physical and management interventions on irrigation system performance in Punjab, organized by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with Punjab Irrigation &
Plan to update Punjab’s archaic irrigation system (July 8, 2008) - This was stated by Senior Punjab Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad while opening a workshop in Lahore on Monday, organized by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the Provincial Irrigation and Power Department. The topic was ‘Assessing the impact of physical and management interventions on irrigation system performance in Punjab’, according to a
Workshop on irrigation system today (July 7, 2008) - The workshop is being organised by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the Punjab Irrigation and Power Department. Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad will be the chief guest. IWMI Senior Researcher Dr Charlotte de Fraiture, Ministry of Water and Power Advisor Riaz Ahmad Khan, IWMI Country Head Abdul Hakeem Khan and chief
New Asia-Pacific Network Launched To Tackle Water Problems (July 2, 2008) - At the launch, Ravi Narayanan, Vice Chair of the forum’s Governing Council, introduced the 12 founding members of KnowledgeHubs. They are PUB WaterHub, Singapore; International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Japan; National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia; Center for River Basin Organizations and Management, Indonesia; Korea Water Resources Corporation, the Republic of Korea;
Suffer the Environment at Your Cost! (July 1, 2008) - In the midst of rising food prices and scarcity, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the Stockholm International Water Institute and the International Water Management Institute have expressed their grave concern about the wastage of food. For instance, these organizations, in a report titled “Saving water : from field to fork – curbing losses
Energy Recovery Rides Clean Water Wave (July 1, 2008) - The reason why is a classic supply-demand quandary: The amount of fresh water remains constant at 3% of all water on Earth. But according to the United Nations Population Fund, global consumption will double every two decades. So in 13 years, the International Water Management Institute estimates, one-third of the world’s population will face a
New Asia-Pacific network launched to tackle water problems (June 30, 2008) - At the launch, Ravi Narayanan, Vice Chair of the forum’s Governing Council, introduced the 12 founding members of KnowledgeHubs. They are PUB WaterHub, Singapore; International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Japan; National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia; Center for River Basin Organizations and Management, Indonesia; Korea Water Resources Corporation, the Republic of Korea;
Uganda: Thousands Homeless As Termites Turn Nakasongola Into a Desert (June 30, 2008) - It is working in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute and the International Water Management Institute. In 2006, Mugerwa, a student doing his Master’s degree, conducted an experiment under the supervision of Dr. Mpairwe. He fenced off part of Lubega’s degraded farm and planted pasture seeds (re-seeding). Read More Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200806260054.html
Old Farming Habits Leave Uzbekistan a Legacy of Salt (June 19, 2008) - Far less money is spent now on maintaining the vast networks of water drainage and irrigation that crisscross the country than was expended under Communism. Authorities spend about $12 per hectare on maintenance (a hectare is around two and a half acres), down from $120 per hectare in Soviet times, according to the International Water
Cotton Still King in Uzbekistan Despite a Legacy of Salt (June 19, 2008) - Far less money is spent now on maintaining the vast networks of water drainage and irrigation that crisscross the country than was expended under communism. The authorities spend about $12 a hectare on maintenance, down from $120 a hectare in Soviet times, according to the International Water Management Institute. Blocked drainage pipes push salt levels
Food and water crises inextricably linked (June 19, 2008) - The Australian Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Dr Colin Chartres, said it was very likely that current water shortages are the result of climate change. He said they were “a window into the future” when water scarcity and resulting food insecurity will be the norm for many countries unless action was
Water Scarcity: The Real Food Crisis (June 13, 2008) - With river water fully used, Indian farmers have been trying to increase supplies by tapping underground reserves. In the last 15 years, they have bought a staggering 20 million Yamaha pumps to suck water from beneath their fields. Tushaar Shah, director of the International Water Management Institute’s groundwater research station in Gujarat, estimates those farmers
Challenges in changing Colorado State University (June 5, 2008) - These improvements in water management as a concept violate current legal, institutional, and professional understanding, but time has come for change. Even the International Water Management Institute teaches the world the error that the improved water management is bad water management. The Institute should be professionally ostracized and then disbanded for such a serious error.
Desert dwellers must learn to conserve water (June 2, 2008) - According to estimates from the International Water Management Institute, one-third of the world population will be affected by water scarcity by 2025. What does this mean for us in the desert? Well for starters, one of the places listed that suffers from growing water scarcity is the Colorado River basin, and a good portion of
Press Release : Cemagref and IWMI Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Collaborative Research in Water Management (June 2, 2008) - On the 19th May 2008, Pascal Vine, Director General of Cemagref and Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Antony, France, with the intention of developing a medium term collaborative research program in water management. Cemagraf and IWMI, who have been in partnership since
Today’s food crisis isn’t a blip (May 26, 2008) - Nearly one-sixth of the population of China and India are fed using amounts of water that can’t be sustained. Some nations have even resorted to importing grain and soybeans rather than grow it themselves to save water. But this stopgap approach can’t help hold off inevitable shortages: According to the International Water Management Institute, future
Food Security Requires New Approach to Water (May 26, 2008) - Jointly authored by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the 26-page study points out that water will be a key constraint to food production — “unless we change the way we think and act about water resources.” Anders Berntell of
Report says conserve water through food efficiency (May 26, 2008) - As food prices escalate and water scarcity extends worldwide, the best solution to both issues would be a global reduction in wasted food, a new international report says. Inefficient harvesting, transportation, storage, and packaging ruin 50 percent of food, according to the report, which was released last week by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the
Fat is an environmental issue (May 23, 2008) - Meanwhile, a report released 14 May by the Stockholm International Water Institute bemoans the amount of fresh water squandered when people throw away food. The institute points out that in the US, as much as 30% of food is wasted, worth $48.3 billion each year. “That’s like leaving the tap running and pouring 40 trillion
Earth Negotiations Bulletin (May 21, 2008) - Margaret Catley-Carlson (UNSGAB) said IWRM requires a series of changes in the development model, including institutional change, priority setting, protection of the interests of the poor and women, and reforms and investments on the ground. Mike Muller (South Africa) pointed out that there is no global water crisis, except challenges at local levels, and emphasized
Press Trust Of India (May 21, 2008) - In the US, for instance, as much as 30 per cent of food, worth USD 48.3 billion approximately, is thrown away each year, the report prepared by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) estimates. And while it elaborates
Continues Review Of Decisions Relating To Water, Sanitation (May 21, 2008) - The Commission held an interactive panel discussion in the morning as part of its review of the decisions taken at its thirteenth session on water and sanitation and the interlinkages between them. Commission Vice-Chairperson Tri Tharyat ( Indonesia) presided over the discussion, which featured panellists Margaret Catley-Carlson, former Chair of the Global Water Partnership; Mike
ALARMING REPORT: Staggering food waste places water and land resources in distress (May 21, 2008) - As governments struggle with a sudden crisis in the price of food, a companion crisis in availability of water also threatens billions of people. To meet the challenge of feeding growing populations and the global hungry, massive reductions in the amount of food wasted after production are needed. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the
Biofuel threatens China, India water supply (May 5, 2008) - Researchers with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) warn that China and India’s plans to greatly increase domestic production of biofuels, will put at risk their water supplies. This will seriously undermine the two countries’ ability to meet future food and feed demands. The study was conducted by the CGIAR-supported International Water Management
Interview with Dr. David Molden aired on Mexican Radio (April 30, 2008) - Dr. David Molden, Deputy Director General of IWMI talks about water scarcity, water productivity and irrigation practices. Read More Source: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/News_Room/Multimedia/cov
Central Chronicle – Food crunch-II (April 21, 2008) - According to a 2007 study by the International Water Management Institute, China aims to increase biofuel production fourfold to 15 billion litres of ethanol-9 per cent of its projected petrol demand-by 2020, from 3.6 billion litres in 2002. India is also focused on ramping up ethanol production. In October, the government approved a plan to
Water shortages threaten Africa (April 21, 2008) - The report, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), underscores the urgency of findings from last year’s International Water Management Institute assessment report. The IAASTD says another major challenge will be to ensure there is enough food as well as water. The region’s crop yield increases are generally below the world
Asia Teeters Toward Food Crisis from Lack of Water (April 21, 2008) - In China, the agricultural use of groundwater has skyrocketed, and the fall in water tables has created a potential environmental catastrophe. “The breadbasket of China — north of the Yellow River — have millions of people dependent on groundwater,” says David Molden, Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Bitter Harvest (April 21, 2008) - As economist and Planning Commission member, Abhijit Sen, puts it, “In the case of Punjab and Haryana, we have actually mined the area. We knew the problems but ignored them as these states were producing the food.” Take the case of water. According to the Central Groundwater Board, the water table is receding in 80%
The Lesson of The Water Cycle. And don’t make hay while the sun shines! (April 21, 2008) - I understand that ‘More crop per drop’ is a decade-old concept of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one of the 15 centers under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); the notion was a brainchild of the IWMI under the leadership of Director General David Seckler (1996-2000), focusing on water
A painful reality (April 16, 2008) - Water shortage poses a problem as rice yields depend critically on water. A study by the International Water Management Institute suggests that by 2020 one-third of Asia’s population could face a water shortage. Read More Source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/
The Blue Revolution, Drop by Drop, Gene by Gene (April 16, 2008) - During the green revolution, researchers and breeders focused on improving productivity by providing optimal environments – fertilizing poor soils, irrigating dry lands, destroying weeds and pest insects – and developing high-yielding crops that thrive under those conditions. But looming water shortages are changing the equation. Agriculture consumes 70% of the water people use, and its
Over 4000 UCs water quality assessment completed (April 7, 2008) - According to the report, the major collaborative organisations are: United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), United Nation Children Fund (Unicef), Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), International Hydrological Programme for Hindukush-Himalayan
Increasing the productivity of irrigation systems in China (April 1, 2008) - Research from the International Water Management Institute, in Sri Lanka, and partners examines how water used for rice irrigation is managed in two sites in China in the Yellow River basin and Yangtze River basin. In the Yangtze basin, water is relatively abundant, while the Yellow basin experiences water shortages. In both systems, the main
African Development Bank, NEPAD and World Bank call for increased investments in agricultural water in Africa (March 28, 2008) - The Tunis meeting discussed the agricultural water strategy: Investment in agricultural water for poverty reduction and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which was jointly prepared by the World Bank, AfDB, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in response to NEPAD’s desire to implement land
World Water Day : Water Fights Poverty (March 24, 2008) - March 22 is World Water Day. Many countries today face physical water scarcity and as their economies develop and grow, emerging issues include water availability, competition between different users and the human and environmental implications of lack of water. IWMI is carrying out research to find solutions to help developing countries adapt to future water
Amid Water Shortage, Australia Looks to the Sea (March 12, 2008) - Perth’s plunge into desalination comes at a critical time, when water is emerging as the world’s next major natural-resources challenge. Water use, like oil, is surging as economic growth takes off in China, India and elsewhere. According to the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, about a fifth of the world’s population, or more
EVENT : 29-30 April, 2008 – Conference on Development of Rural Livelihoods in Semi-Arid Africa: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities (March 11, 2008) - The African Union’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid areas (AU/SAFGRAD), in collaboration with partner institutions, is organising a two days ‘Conference on Development of Rural Livelihoods in Semi-arid Africa’. The Conference is scheduled to take place on 29-30 April 2008, and will be hosted at the African
India slow in implementing in EU-India S&T project (March 11, 2008) - The minister of state for water resources, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav informed Lok Sabha on Monday that the paper of International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on – Bio-fuels and Implications for Agricultural Water Use: Blue Impacts of Green Energy – has explored the land and water implications of increased bio-fuel production globally and with special
IWMI wins 2008 John I. Davidson ASPRS President’s Award (March 7, 2008) - Five IWMI researchers (Prasad S. Thenkabail, Parthasarathy GangadharaRao, Trent Biggs, Murali Krishna Gumma, and Hugh Turral) are the Second Place Recipients of the Prestigious 2008 John I. Davidson ASPRS President’s Award for Practical papers by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The John I. Davidson Award was established in 1979 to encourage
Asian Experts Share Sa’s Groundwater Expertise (March 6, 2008) - The delegation was in South Australia as part of the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Groundwater Governance in Asia program. It aims to build capacity in the Indo- Gangetic and Yellow River Basins through a research-based training program for professionals and senior managers actively involved in groundwater management. The professionals were here to see a
ZEF will be partner in project on ‘Re-thinking water storage for climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa’ (February 29, 2008) - The Center for Development Research will be a major partner in a project in sub-Saharan Africa led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The project on climate change adaptation will officially start on April 1 and be funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Dialogue on Dams in Ghana (February 29, 2008) - The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, has stated that Ghanaians are fond of talking too much on every national issue but do not have the moral courage to back such talk with action. The Okyehene made the observation when he chaired the 2nd Ghana Dams Forum and Workshop on the impact of climate change
Managing wastewater to protect health and benefit agriculture (February 28, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Stockholm Environment Institute and the COSI Foundation have been working with the local government sectors and community members in Kurunegala city for two years to develop plans to better manage wastewater from the city, to reduce health risks to downstream communities and to improve the living conditions of
Re-Visioning Spatial Data and Knowledge for Sustainable Development (February 26, 2008) - Recent advances in the geosciences and the new paradigm of data policies has brought the power of high-quality advanced spatial data access to institutes and individuals to solve real world problems. This paradigm shift has resulted in empowering institutions such as the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to create its own specialised spatial data gateways
Research Findings On Bui Dam Project to Be Made Public (February 26, 2008) - The Ghana Dams Forum is made up of 60 members, a National Coordinating Committee and a Secretariat hosted by the International Water management Institute. A first Ghana Dams Forum, attended by over one hundred participants, was held last year, during which it was agreed that further study be conducted into issues like compensation, community involvement
Review Assessment On Bui Dam (February 25, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute, in conjunction with Ghana Dams’ Dialogue, has expressed the need for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Bui Hydropower project to be reviewed to identify its potential indicators. The executive director of the Volta Basin Development Foundation, Richard Twum Koranteng, made this known at a press briefing
Saving the planet takes on a blue hue (February 25, 2008) - When it comes to saving the planet, blue is the new green. That’s the case at least in the realm of marketing, according to industry experts. As brand fatigue settles into the now-entrenched green movement and talk abounds of “greenwashing” by big business, trendspotters have turned their gazes seaward and skyward. The shift is occurring
Preparing for a thirsty future (February 21, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute had 500 scientists examine the water we use for agriculture. Their report took five years. They found that we will not have enough water to supply global demand for food over the next few decades unless urgent and substantial reforms in water and agriculture are undertaken. Climate change will make
Savings from biofueled base stations “marginal”:Idea Cellular (February 15, 2008) - The Indian government has been formulating policies to encourage biofuel production, but not without some controversy. An October 2007 report from the International Water Management Institute claimed that plans by both India and China to increase biofuels production from irrigated maize and sugarcane could aggravate water shortages and undermine food output. However, India has also
IWMI researcher wins first prize in The 2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (February 15, 2008) - Aditi Mukherjii won the first prize under the Natural Resources: Risks and Implications for Sustaining Development category of the GDN’s (Global Development Network) The 2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition in Brisbane, Australia. She presented her paper Political economy of groundwater markets in West Bengal, India: Evolution, extent and impacts which was one among
Water solution ready for export (February 13, 2008) - Aughton understood the water problem long before the current drought from his position working in the Victorian Government. Seventy per cent of Australia’s fresh water is used for irrigation but the management of that water is antiquated. Farmers must wait two to three days for a worker to drive down to the irrigation channels to
Water solution ready for export (February 13, 2008) - Aughton understood the water problem long before the current drought from his position working in the Victorian Government. Seventy per cent of Australia’s fresh water is used for irrigation but the management of that water is antiquated. Farmers must wait two to three days for a worker to drive down to the irrigation channels to
Adapting Water Use to a Fast Changing World (February 12, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute has 500 scientists who examine the water we use for agriculture. Their report took 5 years. They found that we would not have enough water to supply global demand for food over the next few decades unless urgent and substantial reforms in water and agriculture are undertaken. Climate change will
No immediate threat, but a warning of emerging gaps (February 11, 2008) - The Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture study by the International Water Management Institute indicates that about 1,2-billion people, almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, while some 500-million are approaching this situation, with almost one- quarter of the world’s population facing economic water shortage. Of concern is that
Green revolution could still blow up in our face (February 6, 2008) - IF YOU happen to have a copy in your bookcase of Paul Ehrlich’s sensational and much-maligned book, The Population Bomb, perhaps you should resist the temptation to donate it to your local op shop. Forty years ago, Ehrlich, a learned Stanford professor, predicted that food shortages and a rising population would soon starve millions and
Polavaram project in legal wrangle (January 24, 2008) - The multi-crore Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh is currently embroiled in legal issues. But now, the project is being contested on technical issues as well. A study carried out by the International Water Management Institute (iwmi), an international non-profit research and development organization, has questioned the fundamental basis on which the project was designed. Read
Water Hogs on the Ski Slopes (January 24, 2008) - Based on current usage patterns, about 30 countries will be short of water by 2025, according to the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute, a nonprofit supported by 60 governments. That is mainly because most irrigation for agriculture is inefficient, while demand for meat, wheat and other high-protein foods that require a lot of water
International Conference on Implementing Environmental Water Allocations (January 21, 2008) - 23 – 26 February 2009 : Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Organized by the Water Research Commission and the Department Of Water Affairs And Forestry, South Africa under the auspices of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the International Association Of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). Read More Source:
A world united on water (January 21, 2008) - The International Water Management Institute had 500 scientists examine the water we use for agriculture. Their report took five years to complete. It found that we will not have enough water to supply global demand for food during the next few decades unless urgent and substantial reforms in water and agriculture are undertaken. Climate change
Davos must deal with the water crisis (January 21, 2008) - We are on the verge of a water crisis. As we continue to grow our world economy and population, we are becoming a much thirstier world. It is important to realise just how much water we need to make every aspect of our economy work. And we need to adapt our water use to a
Colin James: Why water matters in New Zealand (January 8, 2008) - India’s rapid recent population growth owes much to the “green revolution” – new strains of rice and other crops – which has in part depended on liberal use of water. Much of that water – one estimate is two-thirds – comes from underground. The International Water Management Institute estimates that two-fifths more water is extracted
Climate Change Redrawing World Economy, Worldwatch Says (January 8, 2008) - Another big opportunity is water technologies, according to Ger Bergkamp, head of the water program at the World Conservation Union, and Claudia Sadoff, an economic adviser at the union and principal economist at the International Water Management Institute. With populations growing, but the supply of water remaining constant, competition for clean water is becoming the
State Minister stresses need for expansion of irrigation assisted farms (December 10, 2007) - International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Africa Director, Dr. Akissa Bahri, said Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ethiopia, should improve their water and land management so as to get out of poverty and beef up the benefits they draw from the sector. Read More Source:
Biofuels – a solution worse than the problem? (December 10, 2007) - Researchers at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka warned recently that China and India risk famine if they proceed with their biofuels plans, because they don’t have enough water to grow both fuel and food. The same body estimates that replacing a quarter of the world’s fossil fuels with biofuels would double global
Crop research ‘must switch to climate adaptation’ (December 3, 2007) - Colin Chartres, director-general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, said it is time for climate scientists to scale down global-warming models to be more region-specific, and even river-basin-specific, in order to determine appropriate water-management strategies in agriculture. Read More Source:
CGIAR Annual General Meeting (December 3, 2007) - Beijing, China: December 3 – 7, 2007. IWMI is at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in Beijing, China, from December 3 to 7, 2007. Read More Source:
Landsat Science Team Spotlight (November 22, 2007) - IWMI Researcher in USGS spotlight news: Prasad S. Thenkabail, Landsat Science Team Member appears in the USGS Spotlight News Read More Source:
Doing business in Burma – Biofuels: environmental consequences (November 19, 2007) - The effect on food prices of the decision by many US farmers to begin production of biofuels has already been widely reported. Now, a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) argues that plans by China and India to raise biofuel production from irrigated maize and sugarcane could aggravate water shortages and undermine food
Rise in biofuel demand could trigger food, water crisis (November 13, 2007) - The impacts of a shift to biofuels would be more pronounced in the developing countries. A paper ‘Biofuels: Implications for agricultural water use’ by researchers from the International Water Management Institute (iwmi) in Sri Lanka, under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, predicts China will face shortage of land while India is likely to
Biofuels aggravate water scarcity (November 13, 2007) - Biofuel production will increase demand for land at the expense of nature. It will also require large quantities of water, already a major constraint to agriculture in many parts of the world. An estimated 40% of the world’s population lives in areas where water scarcity must be reckoned with. IWMII’s research under the Comprehensive Assessment