Water, Food and Ecosystems

“Providing food security for all while conserving ecosystems and their services requires a grand food system transformation…”

Stefan Uhlenbrook

“Providing food security for all while conserving ecosystems and their services requires a grand food system transformation. Solutions that boost water productivity and also ensure all dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) across scales are essential. Particularly now, as the world’s focus turns to healthier diets, the needs of more than 800 million people suffering with insufficient food cannot be ignored.”Stefan Uhlenbrook, Strategic Program Director - Water, Food and Ecosystems

Agriculture is the engine of food security, the largest global user of water and, in developing countries, an important source of employment. As competition for water intensifies, food systems must become more sustainable and resilient.

IWMI will provide evidence and data analytics needed by governments, financing institutions, farmers and other partners making choices about agricultural water management technologies. We also focus on the development of inclusive business models for smallholder irrigation and advise reforms in large-scale, public-sector irrigation. Research in this program will integrate ecosystem values, services and sustainability into water resource allocation and management practices.

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We have around 40 scientists and researchers working across Water, Food and Ecosystems, and you can meet the program leadership team below.

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Stefan Uhlenbrook

Strategic Program Director - Water, Food and Ecosystems

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Petra Schmitter

Research Group Leader - Agriculture Water Management

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Matthew McCartney

Research Group Leader - Sustainable Water Infrastructure & Ecosystems

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Jonathan Lautze

Research Group Leader - Integrated Management of Basins and Aquifers

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Building a circular economy to improve waste management
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From waste to food: Going Commercial - French Subtitles :: IWMI
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