In the Ganges River basin, WLE is working to improve the food security, nutrition and livelihoods of farmers in a variety of landscapes, from mountains, to plains, to river deltas. To accomplish this, we seek to intensify agricultural production while improving the services provided by these variable ecosystems.
Revitalizing the Ganges coastal zone
The coastal zone of the Ganges River encompasses parts of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. Poverty in the region, particularly amongst farming communities, remains extreme despite more than 50 years of investment. WLE's work in the Ganges Basin builds on research conducted under the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) from 2003 to 2014. The research demonstrated that improving food security and livelihoods in the coastal zone is possible with existing advances in crop and aquaculture technologies and available water resources. Recently published scientific proceedings from CPWF's final conference provides evidence to support this claim and highlights related institutional and governance challenges that will need to be overcome in order to improve the lives of farmers in the Ganges coastal zone. [read more]
Win-win for people and the environment
WLE takes an approach in which sustainable intensification benefits from and contributes to improved ecosystem services and human well being. One example of this ecosystem service-based development approach is in Bangladesh, where community led management of inland floodplain fisheries has resulted increased fish productivity, more inclusive distribution of resources, and a stronger, healthier ecosystem. [read more]