This report is based on a rapid assessment conducted in 2013 by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with National Engineering and Planning Services (NEPS), and Myanmar Marketing Research and Development (MMRD) Research Services.
This research study was initiated as part of the project: Sustainable management of water to improve food security and livelihoods in the Dry Zone of ...more
Improving water management in Myanmar
In Tanpinkan Village, Myanmar, U Shwe Myaing takes his recently-acquired family inheritance and uses it to construct a 30 meter well. After years of depending on unpredictable rainfall, Myaing's decision to invest in groundwater irrigation to water his crops will mean great gains to his harvest and livelihood. Many smallholder farmers like U Shwe Myaing ...more
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Pioneering studies will help policymakers tackle the big issues
IWMI scientists have begun work on two pioneering regional assessments for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
The work aims to catalogue the state of the biodiversity and ecosystems, the services they provide and the challenges they face.
Laos Office Head Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu will co-chair the Asia and the ...more
In Vietnam, saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitable
For many coffee lovers, the day doesn’t start until the first sip. Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, and it is crucial to the economies of many developing countries. But to keep millions of people supplied with their favorite caffeinated beverage, water-smart coffee production is the spout ...more
In celebration of World Water Day, the 22nd of March, 2015, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reflects on 30 years of research excellence to support sustainable water use and development. During the last three decades, new ways of collecting, distributing and managing water have continually influenced our scientists’ work.
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Ganges women to bear the brunt of Climate Change
Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Poor women and vulnerable groups will “bear the brunt” of climate change in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to a new report published by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
The Ganges Basin includes all of the land drained by the Ganges River and its tributaries across ...more
A new method of measuring the extent of the world’s wetlands gives scientists a clearer view of where these watery landscapes lie.
Data that characterizes the dynamic nature of wetlands is crucial for the study of large floodplain and wetland ecosystems
Measuring a wetland might seem relatively straightforward but it can be more like a game of hide-and-seek.
That’s because wetlands are dynamic. ...more
Once the rice bowl of Asia, Myanmar will need targeted investments to reduce poverty and regain its preeminent agricultural position in the region.
Water collection for domestic use. Photo: Matthew McCartney
During the inter-war years, Myanmar, or Burma as it was then called, was a major exporter of rice in Asia. Between 1921 and 1941, the former British colony exported ...more
New study reveals scale of cropping in and around cities
Gideon and Steven are brothers who farm maize, onions and other vegetables. Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah / IWMI
Food production, globally, is taking on an increasingly urban flavor, according to a new study that finds 456 million hectares—an area about the size of the European Union—under cultivation in and around ...more