CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)

Uniting agriculture and nature for poverty reduction

WLE is a global research-for-development program working through partnerships to provide sustainable solutions for people and societies.

Visit the 2015 research highlights


140 research projects in 48 countries carried out in collaboration with more than 450 partners


Evidence-based land and water management innovations for sustainable intensification of agriculture at scale


366,000 farmers use new technologies and 2,5 million hectares are under improved use or management




  • Laos' Nam Xong river (also spelled Nam Song).

    A clearer vision of Laos' Nam Xong

  • Political and community representatives from Myanmar talk to WLE 2016 Greater Mekong Forum participants

    Managing resources and mitigating conflict in Myanmar

  • China's "adaptive approach to dialogue" in the Mekong Region


  • Simulating current and future Volta Basin water development scenarios

    Sood, Aditya; Seidou, O.; Forkuor, G.; Annor, F. O.; McCartney, Matthew. 2016. Simulating current and future Volta Basin water development scenarios. In Williams, Timothy O.; Mul, Marloes L.; Biney, C. A.; Smakhtin, Vladimir (Eds.). The Volta River Basin: water for food, economic growth and environment. Oxon, UK: Routledge - Earthscan. pp.245-273.
  • Managing variability: floods and droughts

    Amarnath, Giriraj; Islam, A. K. M. S.; Shrestha, M. S. 2016. Managing variability: floods and droughts. In Bharati, Luna; Sharma, Bharat R.; Smakhtin, Vladimir (Eds.). The Ganges River Basin: status and challenges in water, environment and livelihoods. Oxon, UK: Routledge - Earthscan. pp.71-92. (Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World)