World Water Week: Experimental games spark community cooperation on groundwater in India

I grew up in Tamil Nadu, south India. It was a dry area, but a good well supplied our house and a few other houses around us. Then one year a farmer nearby installed a deeper well with an electric pump, and our well ran dry. That started a “race to the bottom”: As more and more farmers got pumpsets, the water table continued to fall and everyone had to deepen their wells to keep up.

Getting a GRIPP on sustainable groundwater management

A new multi-partner initiative aims to support and scale up practical solutions for groundwater management for sustainable development and food security. Did you know that about 96 percent of all liquid freshwater on Earth is groundwater? Hidden from the eye beneath the earth’s surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations, groundwater supports global food security, contributes to public >> Read more

Unsustainable use of groundwater may threaten global food security

In celebration of this year's World Water Day (March 22, 2014), this blog tells about the role of groundwater in food security and is based on the interim results of ongoing research by IWMI and IFPRI supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).