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South Asia

In the South Asia, major rivers, like the Ganges and the Indus, are key to people's livelihoods and cultural heritage, but are among the most polluted rivers in the world. WLE is working to improve water quality and access for better 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.

Turmeric plantation India
Turmeric irrigation in India. 
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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 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. There is evidence to support this claim, and further information on 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]

Farmers transplant rice in the coastal zone of Bangladesh.
Liz Humphreys

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]


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