IWMI Southern Africa Office
Postal address: Private Bag X813, Silverton 0127, Pretoria, South Africa
Telephone : +27-12-845-9100
Fax : +27-12-804-6397
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Office location: IWMI Southern Africa, 141 Cresswell Street, Weavind Park, Pretoria, South Africa
The International Water Management Institute-Southern Africa (IWMI-SA) Regional Program was established in 2000, hosted by the South African government’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. IWMI-SA’s projects focus on poor farmers in rural areas. A priority is to identify and develop biophysical, socioeconomic and institutional innovations. These can help address local constraints to achieving food security, improved human and environmental health and economic empowerment of smallholder farmers. At a regional level, IWMI also works on initiatives such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which seek to pool knowledge and information for improved agricultural development.
Taking an ecosystem services perspective, IWMI-SA’s inter-disciplinary research, policy dialogue and capacity building pays attention to the following niche areas: the sustainable conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water; sustainable and climate-smart intensification of smallholder agriculture; gender and social equity to redress the region’s dual economy; transboundary water management, and monitoring and evaluation.
Out of IWMI’s 300 global staff members, 23 (including sociologists, water institutional/legal experts, economists, irrigation and water engineers, (geo-) hydrologists, and remote sensing experts) are located in the Southern African Regional Program. The program aims to be recognized as a regional center of excellence on water and land management, driving innovative research for solutions.