The 3rd International Forum on Water and Food (IFWF3), convened in Tshwane, South Africa during November 2011. IFWF3 demonstrated the value of CPWF’s multi-stakeholder, research-for-development approach. The Forum report, entitled “Streams of innovation: Improving people’s lives through research on water and food“, synthesizes the main outcomes and issues identified at the IFWF3 and serves as a benchmark CPWF, midway through its second phase.
The IFWF3 highlighted the need to link technical options to institutional change. Options such as intensifying and diversifying farm systems with markets and infrastructure development or ensuring that policies are responding to local realities are emerging from CPWF projects. Likewise, CPWF is taking innovative approaches to spatial analysis and modelling that are demonstrating valuable insights for understanding processes and the consequences of change.
The Forum also highlighted the need to develop and communicate solid evidence in generating the desired impacts on household livelihoods and food security.
CPWF. Streams of innovation: Improving people&#8217;s lives through research on water and food. Reflections from the 3rd International Forum on Water and Food, South Africa, November 2011. The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012) 32 pp.