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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.

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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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  • 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.

  • Building better dams by sharing the benefits (feature article)

    GWI West Africa feature in April 2016 edition of International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine

    The work of GWI West Africa was featured in the April 2016 edition of International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine, in an article entitled: Building better dams by sharing the benefits. You can read the full original article here [pdf].

  • 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.

     

  • Agricultural adviser at the Sélingué irrigation scheme in Mali. Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI (2015).

    Agricultural adviser at the Sélingué irrigation scheme in Mali. Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI (2015).

    The agricultural support and advice available to family farms in irrigation schemes in West Africa is not adapted to their specific needs. Now, action plans are being drawn up through discussion between agricultural producers and the agencies managing the schemes. Could this be a new way of working?

  • This documentary film was prepared by the National Coordination of Users of the Niger Basin in Niger (Niger-CNU) with private TV channel Canal 3 Niger.

  • ECOWAS water ministers agree to build fairer dams

    The water ministers of the 15 countries that make up the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) have approved a proposal for a directive on large water infrastructure which would ensure future developments - particularly large dams - respect the environment and benefit all, including affected populations.

  • New working paper provides an inventory of the tools available for the Fomi dam project to ensure land tenure security for the 120,000 people who will be affected by the project. This research was conducted as part of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa in collaboration with the Directorate General of the Fomi dam.

  • 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.

  • Agricultural advisors and farmer in irrigated rice field in Sélingué (Mali). Credit: Mike Goldwater

    Agricultural advisory services in dam-irrigated areas need to be adapted to support smallholder farmers. This policy briefing looks at how to do this in the light of action-research carried out by GWI in three dams sites in West Africa.