From 2004 to 2014, with the support of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID funded key components of the creation and support of water users associations (WUAs) in southern Tajikistan, as well as the training of members. Following the draw down in these investments, USAID commissioned the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to examine the impact of USAID-supported WUAs created ...more
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) had a significant presence at the High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028, which was organized jointly by the United Nations and Government of Tajikistan, and took place in the nation’s capital, Dushanbe, on June 20-21. In addition to sharing perspectives through presentations and panel discussions, we placed ...more
In many countries, the biggest source of water pollution today is agriculture, not cities or industry, while world-wide, the most common chemical contaminant found in groundwater aquifers is nitrate from farming, according to More People, More Food, Worse Water? A Global Review of Water Pollution from Agriculture. This new report was launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ...more
New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done
20 June 2018, Rome - Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report.
In many countries the biggest source of water pollution today is agriculture — not cities or ...more
As delegates are gathering this week in Tajikistan for the High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028, it is an opportune moment to share some lessons learned in improving gender inclusiveness in water management in Tajikistan.
Khatlon Region is one of the most populated areas of Tajikistan and located to the south of the conference ...more
Turning around a “toxic” relationship
The High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028, taking place this week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is not the sort of event where you would expect to meet farmers. Yet, no single group will influence more strongly whether the actions that delegates propose get much traction.
Farmer spreading pesticides for onion. ...more
What does male migration have to do with water scarcity in Central Asia?
Last year, money sent to low- and middle-income countries by migrant workers rebounded to a record level. After two consecutive years of decline, $466 billion in remittances were recorded by the World Bank.
In Central Asia, where 10 million people are estimated to be on the move, the phenomenon of out-migration for work ...more
“Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028
Leaders and researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will join a large and varied group of experts to share insights and solutions at the High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028. Organized jointly by the United Nations and Government of Tajikistan, the event will take place in the ...more
In the latest issue of UN Chronicle magazine, Claudia Sadoff, IWMI's director general, examines how people in high-risk areas of Africa and Asia can come to grips with water security in the face of climate change.
Collecting rainwater data on the farm. Tana River watershed, Kenya. Photo: Georgina Smith / CIAT
Below is an excerpt from her article:
In a landmark study ...more
In Tajikistan and other countries of Central Asia, local water user associations have proved vital for efficient irrigation management, and reasonably prolonged training is the key for enabling the associations to perform well. As new challenges emerge, such as male outmigration, the training must be expanded, reaching women especially — a lesson that is important for this region and beyond.