The International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
is a non-profit research organisation with headquarters in Colombo
, Sri Lanka
, and offices across Africa and Asia. Research at the Institute focuses on improving how water and land resources are managed, with the aim of underpinning food security and reducing poverty while safeguarding vital environmental processes.
As water becomes scarcer, there is a growing need to find ways to produce sufficient food to feed the world’s expanding population, while using less water, safeguarding fragile environmental services and without having much opportunity to open up new agricultural lands. The Institute undertakes research projects with this aim in mind.
Its research focuses on: water availability and access, including adaptation to climate change; how water is used and how it can be used more productively; water quality and its relationship to health and the environment; and how societies govern their water resources.
Part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
(CGIAR), IWMI is about to expand its collaborative work within its parent organisation under a new 'mega program' known as CGIAR Research Project 5. This will widen its focus to Water, Ecosystems and Land.
Early focus on irrigation
The Institute was originally founded under the name International Irrigation Management Institute
(IIMI) in 1985 by the Ford Foundation
and the Government of Sri Lanka, supported by the Consultative Group......