Water, Food and Ecosystems

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

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.

Water, food and ecosystems

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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.

Our People

Mohsin Hafeez

Director of Water, Food and Ecosystems

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Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi

Research Group Leader - Sustainable and Resilient Food Production Systems (SuRF)

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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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