The International Water Management Institute operates at the interface of research and development to provide evidence based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, livelihoods and the environment. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.




Understanding gender roles and achieving greater equality in access to innovations will improve agricultural productivity and economic growth.

Water in Agriculture

70% of global freshwater abstraction is used for growing crops. How we manage this over the coming decades will have major implications for food security.

Water Governance

From countries to communities, the institutions and policies that govern water use have a direct bearing on prosperity and ecosystem health.

Managing Tradeoffs

As the world develops, balance needs to be struck between the needs of competing water users. We develop tools and analyze possible scenarios to boost equitable use.

Sustainable Development

If global commitments to sustainable growth are to be successful, smarter water management will be needed.


By 2050, two thirds of humanity will live in urban environments. Innovation in water and waste management could help cities thrive.

Climate Change

As the planet warms, we can expect more flood and droughts. We can build resilience, but only with the right policies and tools.


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IWMI Nepal research consultant pens op-ed for major Nepal newspaper

It is important to understand that empowerment can take different forms for different women.

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Dawn view of the Ganges river at Varanasi. Photo: Neil Palmer / IWMI

New insights into the Ganges river basin

New book presents an overview of the challenges facing the critically important Ganges river as a water resource for 500 million people.

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Can groundwater irrigation be a “triple win” for smallholder African farmers?

Julie van der Bliek highlighted some of the various irrigation techniques currently used by farmers in Africa and their reach.

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Kabul hosts Afghanistan’s first-ever National Media dialogue on the Indus basin

The dialogue brought together over 50 participants from the government, media and research community across different provinces of Afghanistan.

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Agriculture on the banks of the Ganges river at Varanasi, India

Turning a river into a machine

The Ganges can be an engine for sustainable development.

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Flood forecasting application (WetIn App) launched in Abuja, Nigeria

A preliminary version of a flood forecasting app, WetIn App, developed for the Niger and Benue Rivers, was launched recently.

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