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CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

Sustainable management of the natural resource base supporting agriculture is one of the three major strategic objectives of the CGIAR. The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems combines the resources of 11 CGIAR centers and numerous external partners to provide an integrated approach to natural resource management (NRM) research, and to the delivery of its outputs.


Program Contact: Meredith Giordano

The program focuses on the three critical issues of water scarcity, land degradation and ecosystem services, as well as the CGIAR System Level Outcome (SLO) of sustainable natural resource management. It will also make substantial contributions to the System Level Outcomes on food security, poverty alleviation and, to a minor extent, health and nutrition.

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Latest news from the program:

  • Going to Groundwater to Transform African Agriculture July 22, 2016
    If irrigation in Africa could be increased using groundwater, it would not only be a boost to continental food security, but millions of smallholder farmers could have more resilient livelihoods.
  • Africa to feed Africa? July 10, 2016
    The 1,500 participants at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) General Assembly thought so, but they also concluded that science will have a key role to play.
  • New global partnership for sustainable groundwater management July 5, 2016
    WLE is a partner of the newly launched Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), which seeks to advance the agenda of sustainable groundwater management at a global scale.
  • A buzz, a twist and a shovel May 30, 2016
    Researchers are using different methods - from the air, on the ground, and in the soil - to analyze farmer fields and interventions in the White Volta Basin.
  • Co-composting: New take on traditional technology for better soils and sanitation May 25, 2016
    Co-composting of organic waste and fecal sludge and can create value in terms of waste treatment savings, improved sanitation, soil rehabilitation, and job opportunities.