IWMI is leading
an ADB funded project "Enabling
farming communities in the Aral Sea Basin to reverse water and
land degradation by the creation of "Bright Spots".The "Bright
Spots are areas where land degradation and low productivity have
been successfully reversed through soil remediation technologies
and best practices.
This project promotes and supports community based innovations whilst increasing
profits at farm level. The Asian Development Bank is funding research by three
international agricultural research centers, namely, the International Water
Management Institute (IWMI), International Center for Agricultural Research in
Dry Areas (ICARDA), and International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
The National Partners of the project are Ministries of Agriculture and Water
Resources Management of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Overall objectives of the project are to:
improve food security at household level ,
enhance environmental security through the development, promotion and adoption of strategies that enhance the productivity of existing irrigated farming systems in Central Asia.
Immediate objective of the proposed project is to:
develop and adopt specific technologies that increase productivity and provide income- generating opportunities for disadvantaged rural farmers.