CATEGORY: Publications

March-April research journal roundup

Read our roundup of IWMI’s work in April and March 2024.

December 2023 – February 2024 Research Journal Roundup

A selection of IWMI's recent contributions to global research.

Development of a composite drought indicator for operational drought monitoring in the MENA region

The composite drought indicator (CDI) supports operational drought management decision making in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

October-November research journal roundup

A roundup of IWMI research produced during October and November 2023.

August-September 2023 research journal roundup

IWMI contributions to research in August and September of 2023

Afghanistan-Pakistan Shared Waters: State of the Basins

State of the Basins co-develops an overview of the three most important river basins, in collaboration with international experts and water professionals from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

June-July 2023 Research Journal Roundup

Roundup of research, journal and other academic articles from June and July 2023.

The link between small reservoir infrastructure and farmer-led irrigation: case study of Ogun Watershed in southwestern Nigeria.

Small water infrastructure in Nigeria needs to be utilized more efficiently. There are over 900 small reservoirs across the country. Many of these have yet to be put to productive use within the Ogun watershed in the Ogun Osun River Basin.

Analysis of water reuse potential for irrigation in Lebanon

Water scarcity and pollution are major threats for human development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and Lebanon is no exception.

Legal recognition of customary water tenure in Sub-Saharan Africa: unpacking the land-water nexus

Despite the progress made in conceptualizing and advocating for secure community-based land and forest tenure rights, there is a critical lacuna in advocacy and policymaking processes pertaining to community-based freshwater tenure rights.

Living Customary Water Tenure in Rights-based Water Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Living customary water tenure is the most accepted socio-legal system among the large majority of rural people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Change in global freshwater storage

Freshwater in both natural and man-made stores is critical for socioeconomic development. Globally, cumulative reduction in terrestrial water storage from 1971 to 2020 is estimated to be of the order of 27,079 Bm3.

Gender equality and social inclusion in community-led multiple use water services in Nepal.

The Constitution of Nepal 2015 enshrines everyone’s right of access to clean water for drinking and the right to food. The common operationalization of the right to water for drinking is providing access to infrastructure that brings water for drinking and other basic domestic uses near and at homesteads.

Adaptation to Climate Variability in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of the Huruluwewa Irrigation System in the Dry Zone

This paper assesses how the Huruluwewa tank (HWT) irrigation system in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka adapts to climate variability.

Economics of Index-based Flood Insurance (IBFI): scenario analysis and stakeholder perspectives from South Asia.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has recently developed an innovative Index-based Flood Insurance (IBFI) product to facilitate the scaling of flood insurance particularly in vulnerable economies, to provide risk cover to poor farmers against crop losses that occur due to floods.

Environmental risks from pesticide use: the case of commercial banana farming in northern Lao PDR.

Commercial farming of banana for export has rapidly expanded across northern uplands of Laos since 2008 with the establishment of new plantations by foreign companies.

Chasing the water: the political economy of water management and catchment development in the Karamoja-Turkana Complex (KTC), Uganda.

Neighboring groups in Kenya are part of this system and use resources of Karamoja as part of their livelihood strategies, sometimes bringing them into conflict with local populations.

Scaling up Index-based Flood Insurance (IBFI) for agricultural resilience and flood-proofing livelihoods in developing countries.

This research report presents the first comprehensive framework of business models in terms of developing, marketing and scaling Index-based flood insurance (IBFI). The report...

Examining social accountability tools in the water sector: a case study from Nepal

Enhancing accountability has become an important objective of the governance reforms over the past two decades. Yet, only a few studies have explored the...

Solar Photovoltaic Technology for Small-scale Irrigation in Ghana: Suitability Mapping and Business Models

This report assesses the potential of solar photovoltaic (PV) irrigation for smallholder agriculture in Ghana, using elements of business planning and business models with...

Analyzing the enabling environment to enhance the scaling of irrigation and water management technologies: a tool for implementers.

Designing scaling strategies that are adaptive to context and available resources requires an understanding of the enabling environment in which the scaling processes are embedded.

Guidelines for community-led multiple use water services: evidence from rural South Africa.

The African Water Facility, together with the Water Research Commission, South Africa, as its implementing agent, supported the demonstration project Operationalizing community-led Multiple Use water Services (MUS) in South Africa.

Process and benefits of community-led multiple use water services: comparing two communities in South Africa.

The African Water Facility, together with the Water Research Commission, South Africa, as its implementing agent, supported the demonstration project Operationalizing community-led Multiple Use water Services (MUS) in South Africa.

Gap and opportunity analysis of hydrological monitoring in the Ziway-Shala Sub-basin, Ethiopia.

This working paper was prepared under a development and conservation project – Societal Development and Ecosystems Conservation in Sahelian Wetlands (SAWEL) – focusing on improving food security and nutrition in the Sahel region by helping to safeguard wetlands through ecologically sustainable agricultural water management.

Citizen science in community-based watershed management: An institutional analysis in Ethiopia

The engagement of communities (non-scientists) in the collection of reliable hydrometeorological data (a citizen science approach) has the potential to address part of the data gaps in Ethiopia.

Business models for fecal sludge management in India

Globally, 50% of the population relies on on-site sanitation systems (OSS) such as septic tanks and pit latrines and is, hence, in need of Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) solutions.

Underground Transfer of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI): exploring potential at the global scale.

This report presents a spatial analysis conducted at global scale to identify areas of high suitability for implementing the Underground Transfer of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI) approach.

WLE Annual Report 2019

Results from WLE demonstrate how new evidence and innovations contribute to sustainable intensification of agriculture at landscape level.

Exclosures for landscape restoration in Ethiopia: business model scenarios and suitability

Land degradation is a critical problem around the world. Intensive rain-fed and irrigated crop and livestock systems have contributed to the degradation of land and natural resources.

Community water management and agricultural extension services: effects, impacts and perceptions in the coastal zone of Bangladesh

The coastal region of Bangladesh is prone to natural disasters and these events are expected to worsen as a result of climate change.

Training manual for fecal sludge-based compost production and application

Based on IWMI’s experience, this training manual has been compiled for plant managers and trainers to help ensure that staff involved in FS treatment and production, and application of an FS-based co-compost adopt best practices in all processes involved.

Global Experiences on Waste Processing with Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens): From Technology to Business

The report showcases some of the leading global businesses in Black Soldier Fly production.

Assessment of Environmental Flows for River Health

Based on years of research, the assessment of environmental flows (or E-flows) has begun to take on a strategic role in the efforts of...

Revolutionizing Smallholder Irrigation in Africa

Intensifying small-scale irrigation is an especially urgent imperative for sub-Saharan Africa, where scarce or variable rainfall severely handicaps agriculture, curbing productivity and resilience. The...

Small Reservoirs in Africa: A Review and Synthesis to Strengthen Future Investment

Small reservoirs are a critical coping mechanism in water-stressed rural areas in Africa, providing immense livelihood benefits that include improved food and water security,...

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