A first for Myanmar – participatory management of a pump-based irrigation scheme
Project partners and WUA leaders. Photo: Petra Schmitter / IWMI
Participatory irrigation management, typically focused on local water user associations (WUAs), is vital for “leaving no one behind” (the UN-Water theme of World Water Day 2019) in the quest to enhance rural livelihoods. This is a main conclusion from ...more
Three CGIAR Research Centers join forces
Fishing in a Mekong Delta rice field in Vietnam. Photo: WARECOD
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), WorldFish, and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have signed a 5-year agreement that provides the framework for cooperative research aimed at achieving sustainable intensification and management of rice-fish production systems in irrigated areas and wetlands of Southeast Asia.
Voicing water visions in river basins across the developing world
Recent decades have witnessed important gains in the empowerment of women and marginalized people generally, leading to more inclusive governance of water resources, among other benefits. Yet, in many places, better water access and management remain beyond the reach of poor households, holding back their progress toward sustainable development.
Committed to “leaving ...more
How farmers have taken charge of their destiny by using motor pumps for irrigation
Farmer Sumithra Damayanthi managing a sprinkler irrigation system at Navatkadu village in Sri Lanka’s Kalpitiya peninsula. Photo: Hamish John Appleby / IWMI
Except for the towering wind turbines, Navatkadu looks at first glance like any other village along Sri Lanka’s western coast, with clusters of shops and ...more
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) was a valued partner in conceptualising the workshop content and was well represented at the workshop with the participation of its senior officials.
In his welcoming address, NIBM Chairman Rohan Prithiviraj Perera stressed the importance of preserving the environment, a limited resource, for the future generations.
He said that in the disposal of waste, environmental issues ...more
Translating research evidence into change for gender equality
In preparing to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, we asked our researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to offer personal perspectives on the theme for 2019 – think equal, build smart, innovate for change – and to explain how their work addresses this theme.
In addition, IWMI director general Claudia ...more
By Manohara Khadka, IWMI Country Representative, Nepal
Rupa, 40, sits next to her home, which will be flooded by the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project in Far West Nepal. “I will lose my home, land, everything,” she says. “Nothing will be left. Everything will be gone.” Photo: Michelle Ng / IWMI
As a Nepali woman with over two decades of experience working ...more
Creating an institutional venn diagram at Kuti village in Nepal’s Kailali District. Photo: Gitta Shrestha / IWMI
Maya, aged 32, found herself socially ostracized in the village of Punetola in western Nepal, because a close relative had married someone from a disadvantaged caste (Dalit). Now, Maya is excluded from informal networks, such as the women’s saving and credit assocation, causing ...more
New information on water resources to guide development in Nepal’s Koshi Basin
By Luna Bharati, Principal Research; Sanita Dhaubanjar, Research Officer; and Claire Swingle, Princeton in Asia Fellow, all with IWMI-Nepal
Nepal’s Koshi River Basin faces an uncertain climate future. Photo: Fraser Sugden / IWMI
For decades, the development of water resources has been touted as Nepal’s “ticket out of poverty.” Almost ...more
Asia Times opinion article reports insights from new research in Nepal
The construction of large dams for hydropower occupies a central place in the development strategies of many countries, offering a pathway to climate-smart economic growth. But such schemes also remain controversial because of the often huge capital costs as well as the environmental and social impacts. To help address these ...more