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The agricultural sector is the largest user of freshwater in the world, and water is an essential resource for the 2.5 billion people who depend directly on the food and agricultural sector for their livelihoods. WLE is developing is suite of tools and approaches to improve agricultural water management in pursuit of sustainable agricultural intensification.

Agricultural water management

Equitable, sustainable investments in agricultural water management have the potential to transform livelihoods across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. WLE is providing evidence and developing tools to support decision makers to ensure sustainable, positive effects of future investments.


Groundwater can boost agricultural production, improve rural incomes and strengthen farmers’ ability to withstand climate shocks and water variability. WLE is developing maps and tools to determine where and how much groundwater can be sustainably used for farming.

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Millions of farmers are impacted by floods every year, but floods are not only destructive--they also provide benefits for people and nature. WLE is providing evidence and advice on how to best manage floods.


Wastewater is agriculture's only expanding resource. WLE is developing guidelines and business models to help entrepreneurs and farmers put it safely to use.