A Fairer Future

A Fairer Future

We need to disrupt the way we do business as agricultural decision makers, researchers, and food producers. A solution is not a solution unless it is both sustainable and equitable. A Fairer Future means everyone is empowered to participate. It means women and other marginalized peoples reap their fair share of benefits. And it means changing systems to be fairer, more equitable and more sustainable – so we “leave no one behind,” as this year’s UN World Water Day theme upholds.

Ensuring a fairer future for women

We need a whole new set of solutions that address the underlying structural issues that prevent women from contributing to and benefitting from development. And to get there, we need to ensure gender equity is front-and-center in both our agricultural research and the resulting practices and policies.

  • Izabella Koziell (WLE)director

    We need to make some really important smart moves now. Looking at the political economy, institutional inertia, attitudes and behaviors - and not forgetting to do so through a culturally sensitive lens.

Fairer solutions for smallholders

Low income smallholders dominate the agricultural sector in the developing world. But they are often left out of decision making, lack access to resources, and are caught up in unfair systems. WLE works to empower smallholders and ensure solutions work for their future.

Fairness for those touched by migration

Out-migration and the movement of young people out of agriculture is changing the game for food, farms, cities and even far-flung countries. WLE focuses on agricultural solutions that ensure we address the goals and needs of those who migrate, those who remain, and those who welcome new arrivals. As youth leave, the future of family farms is unknown. And as droughts, floods, conflict and resource stress force people from farms, the agricultural world has some problems to solve. WLE, the migration research network MARIS and partners are putting migration at the forefront of the global agriculture agenda.

  • Deepa Joshi (WLE)Gender, Youth and Inclusion Lead

    The time has come for a fairer future for the people who bring us our food. Women, smallholder farmers and others need to be able to share their wisdom, and share in the decisions and benefits.

Voicing Water Visions

WLE is supporting our host centre the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to fight for Voicing Water Visions. This innovative campaign brings us into the homes and onto the fields of local people. Through their eyes and voices, we articulate critical challenges and ways of Voicing Water Visions in renewable energy, water management, irrigation, water systems and refugee and resource management situations.

Each month, working with local communities, IWMI brings household experience and other viewpoints to wider audiences, challenging assumptions, identifying new ideas and suggesting solutions for Voicing Water Visions.


Visit IWMI's innovative new campaign: Voicing Water Visions 

Key Events

WLE will be promoting equity solutions and a Fairer Future on International Women's Day, World Water Day (theme: No One Left Behind), Stockholm World Water Week and many others. Watch this space.