The Global Water Initiative (GWI) was an action-research and advocacy programme that ran from 2008-17. The project is now closed. This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close. After that date, information about the project and core GWI technical publications will continue to be available from the IIED website and Publications Library.

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We seek to improve global food security by enabling farmers to better access, manage and use water resources for sustainable agricultural production. 

In West Africa we focus on agricultural production linked to large scale irrigation schemes and dams, from the local to the regional level.

Read more about our work on Water for Agriculture

From 2008 to 2012, GWI focused on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) in West Africa.

Read more about our work on IWRM & WASH