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IWMI-led MENAdrought project issues final report

The MENAdrought project is a partnership between IWMI, Nebraska Drought Mitigation Centre, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, John Hopkins University, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, supported by USAID.
A woman farmer inspecting a sprinkler

IWMI part of global, five-year program to build sustainable food systems

IWMI will implement the Innovation Lab for Irrigation & Mechanization Systems, funded by USAID and led by University of Nebraska.

Drovers: Water for Food Global Conference Draws International Audience to Address...

Fauchon was one of more than 120 global speakers and 400 participants who gathered at the tenth Water for Food Global Conference to discuss innovative ways to improve water and food security by increasing farmers’ resiliency to a changing landscape.

Key takeaways from IWMI’s participation at the 9th World Water Forum

Roundup blog of IWMI activities, events and sessions at the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal
Photo: Pierre Restoul / IWMI

Morocco’s decision to publish drought maps could benefit the whole MENA...

The hope is that the technology will be routinely used across MENA in drought management, helping to strengthen resilience to climate change, promote accountability and transparency, and inform scarcity management in arid watersheds.
This home garden is part of a conservation agriculture trial that is being run in partnership with IWMI, Bahir Dar University, and the Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI). Photo by Mulugeta Ayene/WLE.

Experts: new thinking and approaches needed to scale up farmer-led irrigation

Scaling up farmer-led irrigation will require not only holistic approaches but also strong partnerships between implementing partners.
Solar pumps used for irrigate farms in the Central Region of Zambia

Debating how to nurture sustainable and inclusive farmer-led irrigation  

Governments and development organizations realize that supporting farmer-led irrigation can enhance smallholders’ resilience to climate change and promote healthy food systems.
Sewagegn, a local smallholder farmer, and Gebeyaw, a data collector, set up Sewagegn's solar powered pump to irrigate her backyard garden in Danghesta, Amhara region of Ethiopia. Photo by Mulugeta AyeneWLE.

Experts unite to find the best ways to scale up farmer-led...

It makes sense to encourage farmer-led irrigation, to capitalize on benefits, but how can we do so inclusively and sustainably?
Sewagegn, a local farmer, and Gebeyaw, a data collector, set up a solar powered pump in her backyard garden in Danghesta, in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. To make scaling farmer-led irrigation inclusive and equitable, it is critical to look at the food system and consider who wants to irrigate, what technologies they prefer, how they can invest and what type of financing is best. Inclusivity also requires understanding gender relations, which can shape a farmer’s position in the household, access and control over resources and participation in decision-making. Photo credit: Mulugeta Ayene/WLE

How to accelerate and scale inclusive water access in Ethiopia

A photo story to highlight farmer-led irrigation in Ethiopia.
Rodah Tiyoi of Kapsokwony Kenya launches water from the Futurepump solar irrigation system onto her cabbage crops on her family farm.

Water for Food Global Conference

Innovations from IWMI for water and food security.