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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.

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  • A rice farmer in Sélingué

    This factsheet outlines how local smallholders and agricultural advisory service providers in the irrigation scheme around the Selingué dam in Mali came together to develop a detailed action plan to improve the availability and quality of agricultural advisory services. 

  • A rice field in the Anambé valley, Sénégal

    This factsheet outlines how local smallholders and agricultural advisory service providers in the Anambé valley, in Senegal, came together to develop a detailed action plan to improve the availability and quality of agricultural advisory services. 

  • The Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

    This factsheet outlines how local smallholders and agricultural advisory service providers in the irrigation scheme around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso came together to develop a detailed action plan to improve the availability and quality of agricultural advisory services. 

  • Securing land tenure of smallholders in West African large scale irrigation schemes - Learning from the experiences in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger
    Organised by the West African Farmer Organisations’ Network (ROPPA) and GWI, and facilitated by The Rural Hub, this regional workshop aimed to contribute to the development and implementation of policies to ensure better land tenure security for smallholder irrigated rice farmers in West Africa.
  • Towards a shared vision: Advisory services that work for smallholders and government in West Africa’s large irrigation schemes

    This report summarises three years of action research on the institutional and governance aspects of AAS in three government-managed largescale irrigation schemes in West Africa – Niandouba/Confluent in Senegal, Sélingué in Mali and Bagré in Burkina Faso.

  • A woman buying firewood at the lakeside, Carriere Fish market, Selingue, Mali.

    Carried out between November 2015 and April 2016, this external lesson-learning review found that GWI has made remarkable progress in influencing policy on water management infrastructure and on land tenure in irrigated areas in West Africa. 

  • Women such as this farmer in a village in Guinea, pictured cultivating a crucial 'revenue stream', often lose out when communities are resettled due to large dams (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI West Africa)

    Women such as this farmer in a village in Guinea, pictured cultivating a crucial 'revenue stream', often lose out when communities are resettled due to large dams (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI West Africa)

    Relocating to make way for big dams in West Africa has different impacts on men and women. In this blog we take a look at examples of how women's livelihoods have been affected by dams in Ghana and Niger.

  • This documentary film by IUCN, in partnership with ECOWAS, examines the many challenges and opportunities relating to large dams in West Africa through the eyes of the various stakeholders (policy makers, civil society, communities, technical and financial partners) involved.

     

  • A farmer on his motorbike on the bank between irrigated fields. In the background, pylons carry hydroelectric power from the Sélingué dam (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI)

    A farmer on his motorbike on the bank between irrigated fields. In the background, pylons carry hydroelectric power from the Sélingué dam (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI)

    Photos taken for the Global Water Initiative in West Africa in villages around the Sélingué dam in Mali show that when it comes to the irrigation schemes surrounding large dams, there is no 'standard' example of a family farmer.

News and blogs

A new report urges governments and development agencies to develop context-specific strategies and support systems for agricultural advisory services that meet the needs of local farmers (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI West Africa)

A new report urges governments and development agencies to develop context-specific strategies and support systems for agricultural advisory services that meet the needs of local farmers (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI West Africa)

About HGBF

The Howard G. Buffett foundation works to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world's most impoverished and marginalised populations.