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

Connected thinking, compelling solutions

WLE is a research-for-development program delivering agriculture solutions
that enhance natural resources and the well being of people in the Global South





  • Farming and food systems potentials

    Dixon, J.; Boffa, J.-M.; Williams, Timothy Olalekan; de Leeuw, J.; Fischer, G.; van Velthuizen, H. 2019. Farming and food systems potentials. IN: Dixon, J. et al. 2019. Farming Systems and Food Security in Africa: Priorities for Science and Policy Under Global Change. London: Routledge: 535-561.

Conversation Starters

One farmer’s soil choices could offset the carbon emissions of a round trip New York-Nairobi flight.


120+ research projects in 79 countries carried out in collaboration with more than 350 partners


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


333,000 farmers use new technologies and 2,9 million hectares are under improved use or management