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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:

  • Research insights can help decision makers navigate trade-offs in East Africa August 15, 2016
    During the past 18 months, seven project teams in the Nile-East Africa region have been working to develop recommendations and solutions for sustainable intensification of agriculture.
  • Agriculture: From foe to friend of the environment August 8, 2016
    Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals on hunger and poverty will require a 50 percent increase in food production in the next 15 years. In fact, a global food revolution is urgently needed, argues a recent paper by a number of leading scientists working with WLE.
  • 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.