The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), with its headquarters in Sri Lanka, is active in applied research and capacity building. It deals with issues related to water management and food security: water for agriculture; groundwater; poverty; rural development; policy and institutions; health and environment.
IWMI's groundwater research to date has focused on groundwater use and management in irrigation, primarily in south and south-east Asia. At present - and especially with the Comprehensive Assessment in Agriculture, of which this paper is a part - a more comprehensive approach to research and synthesis of knowledge within groundwater management is being developed on a wider scale.
Some of the information to be shared can be found at the website: www.cgiar. org/iwmi/. An interesting global product prepared by IWMI is the World Water and Climate Atlas, based on weather data collected over the period 1961-1990.
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