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Pumping water from a canal to irrigate farms. Photo: Hamish John Appleby / IWMI

Financing a farmer-led revolution in Africa

Farmer-led irrigation offers one of sub-Saharan Africa’s brightest prospects for defeating chronic hunger and making good on the promise of a more sustainable and resilient future.

AgriLinks.org: Final report on Tajikistan water users association impact evaluation

USAID commissioned the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to examine the impact of USAID-supported WUAs created on sustained increases in resource productivity, food security and equity in southern Tajikistan. 
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Women and participatory irrigation in Tajikistan

The 'average' farmer in Tajikistan is female, due to high rates of male migration. IWMI's Soumya Balasubramanya makes the case for taking a comprehensive approach towards irrigation by considering the needs of both farms and homestead plots, in order to secure the production of food.

The road to climate resilience

Enabling rural communities to draw up action plans aimed at enhancing resilience to climate-related hazards through sustainable management of natural resources.
The Head of a Water Users Association in southern Tajikistan meets cotton farmers to discuss irrigation requirements

AgriLinks: Cultivating the habits of efficient water management in Central Asia

How the creation of water user associations has helped empower rural people to have a direct stake in irrigation management in Tajikistan.

Water for Food International Forum

Creating fertile ground for innovation in agricultural water management.
Flooded lands around the Bhungroo site in the Weisi community in northern Ghana

Making hazards into opportunities

What to do about too much and too little water in northern Ghana.

Groundwater over-abstraction in the MENA region

Can innovative policies and regulations be used to reverse the current trend of groundwater depletion?

Post-monsoon ecological sampling in the Karnali, Mahakali and Mohana river basins...

Environmental flows (EFs) are a means of understanding the quantity, quality and timing of water flows necessary to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Residents of this village in Dadeldhura District gather to share how interventions by the Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP) have provided safe drinking water year round and a buffer for dry year irrigation shortages. RVWRMP has supplied drinking water to 243,000 rural inhabitants of western Nepal and micro hydropower to another 50,000 over their 10 years in the region. Meeting with them allowed the IWMI team to discuss how the two RVWRMP and Digo Jal Bikas can benefit each other and avoid repeating the other’s work.

Digo Jal Bikas Update: Forming Partnerships Across Basins

Beginning research on a three-year long project that will establish a comprehensive understanding of the water resources of the Karnali and Mahakali basins.