Global Water Initiative: Burkina Faso
2008 – 2017
The Global Water Initiative (GWI) was an action-research and advocacy programme that ran from 2008-2017. It sought to improve global food security by enabling farmers to better access, manage and use water resources for sustainable agricultural production.
Publication, 01 April 2016
Publication, 01 November 2015
Blog, 08 August 2017
News, 03 June 2014
News, 25 March 2015
Event on 23 August 2015
GWI was funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and operated in three regions: Central America, East Africa and West Africa. The West Africa programme of GWI was implemented by IIED together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The first phase of GWI (2008-12) focused on catchment level integrated water resource management (IWRM) and access to clean water services, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Our work also included research and advocacy on benefit-sharing from large dams that continued into phase two.
In the second phase (2012-17), 'Water for agriculture' looked at how agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. More information is needed about the economic viability of developing new dams and large-scale irrigation, and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development. GWI addressed these issues through evidence-based participatory research and policy proposals with partners.