CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

“A fundamental shift in global agriculture is required, where sustainability constitutes the core strategy for agricultural development.”
Johan Rockström, CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Steering Committee Chair

WLE’s vision is for a world in which agriculture delivers enduring prosperity for farming communities and thrives within vibrant ecosystems. Agriculture is a major driver of environmental degradation and social inequity. More than 70% of global freshwater is used for food production, while 25% of the world‘s land area is or is on its way to being highly degraded.

At the same time, global food demand in 2050 is projected to increase by at least 60 percent above 2006 levels. But current production systems are clearly untenable and hold significant risks for future generations.

WLE works on transforming agricultural food systems, making them the key to healthy, functioning ecosystems, human well-being and resilient livelihoods. Agriculture doesn’t have to be the cause of degradation, it can be the cure.

WLE works through numerous national, regional and international partners and leverages expertise from across CGIAR. Through these partners, the program provides evidence and solutions that can influence decisions on how agricultural interventions and investments are made.

Where We Work

Impacts by 2022

Restoring Degraded Landscapes will work with more than 1.5 million farm households to restore more than 3 million ha and sequester in soils an estimated 4 megatons of CO2 emissions per year.

Land & Water Solutions will foster more resilient, equitable and food-secure farming landscapes, benefiting 2 million households and improve water use eciency at scale, targeting a 5% increase in eciency in irrigation.

Rural-Urban Linkages will increase water- and nutrient-use eciency on 4 million ha of urban and peri-urban lands and aims to improve nutrient- and water-use eciency on 3.6 million ha through resource recovery from food waste.

Variability, Risks and Competing Uses expects to co-develop and scale innovative policy mechanisms and institutional arrangements, benefiting six million households by 2022.

  • Izabella Koziell, Program Leader (Battaramulla, Sri Lanka)
  • Adam Hunt, Communications Coordinator (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  • Leaflet

    CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems leaflet

Annual reports

  • Annual Report

    Annual Report 2016: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
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