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West Africa

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) works to guide sustainable investments in land and water management in the rural, northern reaches of the Volta and Niger River basins to ensure that farming remains an attractive livelihood, while contributing to the sustainable development and food security of the region. WLE is also assessing demographic pressures and the increasing demands on water, food and energy in the fragile northern part of the region and growing peri-urban landscapes of the south. It will use these findings to influence policies and public and private investments for improved management of the region’s ecosystems.

Making investments equitable

Ensuring that investments are not only environmentally sustainable but equitable can be a challenge. Identifying barriers that exist for women and youth when it comes to benefiting from land and water management schemes is one way that WLE is working to close the gender gap in the Volta basin. Finding investible solutions while helping to influence policy changes could lead to more equity and prosperity. [read more] 

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Woman Watering Crops in Ghana. 
Joe Ronzio/IWMI.

Better tools, better decisions

Having a better understanding of the physical effects that investments and interventions are likey to have is another way to make more informed, positive decisions. Targeting AGwater Management Interventions (TAGMI) is a tool that is made to predict the probability of success for scaling out agricultural water management technologies. Three technologies are currently mapped for the Volta river basin and have the potential to help smallholder farmers and policy makers in the basin. [read more]