New reports heighten awareness of an urgent imperative
By Claire Swingle, Princeton in Asia Intern, IWMI-Nepal
Farmer Raman Parmar on his farm with the IWMI’s solar pump pilot in Thamna village near Anand. Photographer: CCAFS/Prashanth Vishwanathan
There is a growing global consensus about the critical importance of groundwater for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The World Economic Forum, in its Global ...more
New rounds of pilot testing and post-flood recovery in India
Uptake of flood-tolerant crops for post-flood recovery in India's Bihar State. Photo: Dakshina Murthy
Following the successful debut of index-based flood insurance (IBFI) in India’s Bihar State during 2017, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and its partners have continued their search for ways to make this tool more effective in ...more
The search for options to boost water productivity
A drip irrigation system for rice production in Tamil Nadu, India. Photo: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI
The multiple pressures that can impede sustainable development anywhere – from population growth and land degradation to disaster risk and climate change – are especially problematic for the world’s vast drylands. Possessing only 8% of the global renewable ...more
Is joint management of Kabul River by Pakistan and Afghanistan possible as the orphan river finds few takers?
With flotsam, tonnes of plastic in the form of bags, bobbing forks, knives, even spoons, bowls and plates, the once happy Kabul River (KR), meandering across the city, is nothing more than a sewer. Where it meets the Indus at Attock, it is ...more
Researchers with IWMI have joined a major effort to rehabilitate "tank" (or small reservoir) cascade systems in the Dry Zone.
In 2017, Sri Lanka experienced one of its worst droughts in over four decades. This was the culmination of five consecutive years of dry weather during the country’s main crop production season. Drought hit the northern Dry Zone especially hard, causing ...more
A first pilot with community-based groundwater irrigation in Laos
Laos has vast surface water resources, with a very large amount per capita compared with other countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion. So, why would groundwater irrigation interest farmers in this country? The answer – because of exceptions to the general rule. Some locations are prone to seasonal water scarcity, leaving communities ...more
A small-reservoir revival in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone
By Samurdhi Ranasinghe, Communications Officer, IWMI
In 2017, Sri Lanka experienced one of its worst droughts in over four decades. This was the culmination of five consecutive years of dry weather during the country’s main crop production season. Drought hit the northern Dry Zone especially hard, causing significant reductions in the production of rice, ...more
As Indian farmers have grappled with weakening and erratic monsoons in recent years, combined with the menace of groundwater depletion, conserving and sustainably managing water resources has become all the more important.
Researchers from three Hyderabad-based institutions (including one formerly with the International Water Management Institute, IWMI) have extensively reviewed past studies and experiences on community-based traditional water harvesting systems, known as tanks, and ...more
Vadodara/ Anand: Starting Tuesday, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will host a three-day international conference on Building Climate Resilience for Doubling Farmers’ Income’ at Anand.
Around 300 Indian and international scientists, experts, researchers, development professionals and policy makers will participate in the 9th IWMI-Tata Program Partners’ Meet. Besides presenting more than 100 new pieces of research in 15 thematic sessions, ...more
From 2004 to 2014, with the support of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID funded key components of the creation and support of water users associations (WUAs) in southern Tajikistan, as well as the training of members. Following the draw down in these investments, USAID commissioned the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to examine the impact of USAID-supported WUAs created ...more