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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TheGuardian: Africa droughts prompt calls to start pumping untapped groundwater

The Guardian recently published an article covering the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) co-led by IWMI.

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Can our Weary World Keep Feeding Us

HuffingtonPost: Can our Weary World Keep Feeding Us?

IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird has published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post to mark Earth ‪Overshoot‬ Day.

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IWMI scientist contributes to global gender review

IWMI’s Barbara van Koppen is a contributing author to the ‘Global Gender and Environment Outlook’ a first-of-its-kind publication by UNEP.

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IWMI researchers visit Far West Nepal research sites

IWMI Nepal is conducting research for a project entitled ‘Watershed Hydrology Impact Monitoring Research’.

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Smallholder irrigation taking root

USAID and Texas A&M team field visit to ILSSI sites in Ethiopia

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Amenti Chali, LIVEs Regional Expert and Kassa Getu, Managing Director of KDG & Family with sacks of seedling growth medium (Photo: Desalegne Tadesse (IWMI))

A happy medium for Ethiopian tomatoes

Locally produced compost bags could help market gardeners

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