Thrive Topics

Thrive Topics

  • climate change Volta

    Climate change

    Agriculture as it has been practiced historically is a major source of greenhouse gasses. How can we grow more food for the global population while mitigating the negative effects of climate change?  

  • Ecosystem services

    Sustainability requires a holistic approach to agriculture, one that works in and with nature to achieve productivity and long-term benefits. Can agricultural intensification be carried out in a way that works within the complexity of ecosystems for the benefits people and the environment?

  • Energy

    Energy is used to grow crops and produce food, but it often competes for the same resources needed for agriculture, such as water. What are the trade-offs, and how can these sectors work in harmony?

  • Gender

    In order to achieve sustainability and equity, the needs of men and women have to be considered in equal measure. How can access to resources, information, and choice for all be ensured to create an inclusive future?

  • Land

    We need to maintain our soils and landscapes to ensure their health for productivity. Is it possible to produce food for a growing population without degrading the land?

  • Policy

    Evidence-based recommendations for decision makers can help ensure that policy responds to the urgent needs of people. How can we make sure that research leads to better sustainability and equity in policy?

  • Regions

    WLE works in four main focal regions: the Nile-East Africa, the Volta-Niger, the Ganges, and the Greater Mekong. Each has its own agricultural, water, and energy needs, which are sometimes conflicting. How can they all be met?

  • Water

    We all need clean water to live and work. What are the best ways to share this invaluable resource across users and sectors in an equitable way?