As small-scale irrigation becomes a viable option for improving farmers' resilience to climate shocks in Africa and Asia, decisions about access and use are made at the household level. How can equal governance of these water resources be ensured?
Can innovative policies and regulations reverse the trend of groundwater depletion? A three-year USAID-funded project implemented by IWMI, WLE and national partners across the Middle East-North Africa region investigated just that. Highlighted here are five problems that prevent the MENA region from properly addressing groundwater issues, as well as some potential solutions.
How can investors in climate resilience know whether their support is having the intended effect? In an attempt to provide answers, WLE scientists have reviewed a suite of existing tools designed to assess livelihood resilience in the face of climate change.
In rural settings, women are not typically seen as political activists or public figures involved in front-line negotiations. Yet, a new CGIAR study shows they help resolve potential conflicts around land and water use.
Although the total number of water-insecure countries in Asia has reduced from 38 to 29 in the last five years, water demand is going to increase by 100 percent by 2050. A new report from the Asian Development Bank, presented this week in Stockholm, outlines the implications.
A recent research publication covering two similar catchments in upland Laos and upland Vietnam found a striking different hydrological situation in each place. What accounts for the difference, and what are the implications for forest management policy?
Debates on the best way to sustainably intensify agriculture have thus far focused on the constraints to adopting new farming technologies. Refocusing research on the actions of farmers could provide a clearer picture of the complex, context-dependent preconditions for sustainable intensification in specific places.
Agriculture has changed significantly in the last few decades, making farmers' lives easier and allowing massive increases in production. However, these changes have come at environmental and social costs: collaborating directly with farmers must be a prerequisite for sustainable intensification.
The strain on agricultural resources will continue to rise in conjunction with food demand and population growth. Will sustainable intensification be the right answer we're looking for? Is it even feasible? Join the discussion.