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June 2022 Research Journal Roundup

Water flows through industrial, agricultural, environmental, medical, and cultural systems around the world, touching every aspect of lives in cities and rural communities. Learn about our researchers’ contributions to research articles published in June 2022.

May 2022 Research Journal Roundup

Microplastics monitoring in South Africa and more: IWMI contributions to research articles in May 2022

April 2022 Research Journal Roundup

Every month, IWMI researchers collaborate on studies that explore the deeply interconnected relationships between humans and water systems.

March 2022 Research Journal Roundup

“Irrigation water management in the space age” and more: A roundup of IWMI contributions to research articles and journals in March 2022

Climate, water, and poverty reduction – exploring the critical links

We have arrived at a crucial moment that calls upon us to incorporate smarter water management strategies into our longer-term planning.

Water’s Fundamental Truths: Part 3 – Is water governance coming of age?

Our planetary water systems involves not just tackling risks and building resilience for human societies, but also assuming greater responsibility towards the planet as a whole.

Five key takeaways from World Water Week 2021

IWMI participated in a record 31 sessions at this year’s virtual event. Here are some of our key takeaways.

CNBC Africa: Count on water to disaster-proof global food systems

Not preparing for and managing water scarcity in our food systems is a risk the world cannot afford to take. Far better to prepare for the threat of water scarcity and manage the risks, than to be complacent and see our very food systems dry up.

Now more than ever we need women and girls in science

CGIAR and IWMI can help to show women that they too have a role to play when it comes to science, research, engineering and technology.

Changing the way we collect data during Covid

In order to continue researching on gender and water systems, researchers from IWMI-Nepal engaged with local stakeholders through alternative means of data-collection during COVID-19.

Can you hear me? Covid-19 and building women’s resilience in northern Ghana 

Covid-19 has been a major setback. But it could also help encourage new thinking on digital outreach and the necessary soft and hard infrastructure to enable such a transformation.

Moroccan farmers grapple with drought during Covid

IWMI is launching an AI-powered seasonal rainfall forecasting tool, developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and funded by USAID.

Success despite Covid: Hope from a Water Users Association in Central Myanmar

The Covid-19 health and economic crisis, as well as recent drought, could have caused optimism to fall. But not for the members of the “Five Village Bless” Water User Association.

After the flush: How a project in Ghana is turning human waste into an economic resource

An IWMI-led project in Ghana aims to address issues with insufficient financing and lack of capacity by capturing value (‘CapVal’) from human waste in ways that support a circular economy.

Why food system transformation needs water

On World Food Day, Dr. Mark Smith, Director General of IWMI, explains why effective water management is key to transforming food production.

Rural women are reshaping gender norms in northern Ghana

Understanding how climate, migration, gender roles and Covid-19 affect women and their communities can contribute to well-informed policymaking in the Upper West Region.

Down to Earth: International Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Why being prepared is key to overcoming 21st century challenges

In the Water Risks and Disasters research group that I lead, we apply the latest satellite technology to help national and state governments, non-profits and specialist agencies to plan for and reduce the risk from, disasters.

The Telegraph: Let’s not wash our hands of water

While access to clean, safe water is a fundamental human right, it also relies on managing natural resources in ways that ensure sustainable and resilient supplies.

Initial Research Highlights Importance of Irrigation for Ethiopian Farmers During COVID-19

Agriculture sustains the Ethiopian economy, and access to irrigation here is critical for food security. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, the World Food Programme estimates acute hunger will double worldwide, with concern particularly high for Africa.

Can groundwater cushion Africa from future shocks, and spark development?

Groundwater has thus far been a sleeping giant in most of sub-Saharan Africa. However, there are signs the giant is awakening,

Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19 the recipe for a cascading disaster

In the immediate aftermath of Amphan, access to clean water for drinking and sanitation is of paramount importance.

IFPRI: Water in the COVID-19 crisis: Response, recovery, and resilience

Water is essential for drinking, sanitation, and food production; for billions of people, however, water access and quality are limited. The COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified the impacts of these water inequalities.

Covid-19 is telling us that it’s time for global systems change-starting with water

This will require water management to reinforce the stability of food systems while also recognising the prospect of overlapping shocks, both natural and human-made, placing added pressure on food production.

Ensia: Opinion: COVID-19 is telling us that it’s time for global systems change – starting with water

If humanity really is to “build back better” to prevent and preempt future shocks, then governments, companies and civil society must value and invest in water security worldwide.

Australian Aid: Covid-19 and Water Resources Management

The water sector has an important role to play in our immediate response to Covid-19 as well as in the recovery and rebuilding phases as the world readjusts to a range of legacy impacts from the pandemic.

Foreign Policy: The pandemic is laying bare a global water crisis

As nations begin to peek under the curtain of the global lockdown and start preparations for reopening their economies, governments should begin with an abundance of caution.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: In parched southern Africa, coronavirus spurs action on water supply

Across drought-hit southern Africa, COVID-19 has spurred governments to dispatch water tankers, drill boreholes and repair taps - solutions experts and residents of thirsty slums and villages say must last long after the pandemic has passed.

Down to Earth: When Covid-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself

Countries in south Asia are bracing themselves for an onslaught of climate disasters, as if managing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is not enough.

Why nations must prepare for natural disasters amid the current Covid-19 pandemic 

This week, IWMI’s scientists used Google Earth Engine to produce a map depicting the current status of crops around the world.

ET Insights: The pandemic is shining a spotlight on failure

We know that one of the most important actions everyone can take to protect ourselves and others from infection is to wash our hands – and yet there are hundreds of millions of people around the world for whom this simple act is a struggle.

IWMI and Covid-19

Statement from Claudia Sadoff, Director General of IWMI, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19—A wake-up call for strategic and inclusive WASH planning and financing in Nepal

Covid-19 is a wake-up call for Nepal to urgently prioritize strategic investments in inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs.

Thomson Reuters: Coronavirus – wake-up call to ensure water and sanitation for all

Today, many people lack access to the most basic weapons to shield themselves from COVID-19: water and soap.

TimesLive: Fears over handwashing in Africa to stem coronavirus seen as trigger for change

“In the water sector we always say 'Don't waste a good crisis'," said Inga Jacobs-Mata, the South African representative from non-profit research group the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

News Trust: Fears over handwashing in Africa to stem coronavirus seen as trigger for change

"In the water sector we always say 'Don't waste a good crisis'," said Inga Jacobs-Mata, the South African representative from non-profit research group the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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