Three projects supported by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food provide the contents of a book published today. ‘The Nile River Basin: Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihoods’ provides unique and up-to-date insights on agriculture, water resources, governance, poverty, productivity, upstream-downstream linkages, innovations, future plans and their implications.

It elaborates the history and the major current and future challenges and opportunities of the Nile river basin. It analyzes the basin characteristics using statistical data and modern tools such as remote sensing and geographic information systems. Population distribution, poverty and vulnerability linked to production system and water access are assessed at the international basin scale, and the hydrology of the region is also analysed. It provides in-depth scientific model adaptation results for hydrology, sediments, benefit sharing, and payment for environmental services based on detailed scientific and experimental work of the Blue Nile Basin.

The Book is edited by Seleshi Bekele Awulachew, formerly with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Vladimir Smakhtin (IWMI), David Molden (formerly IWMI), and Don Peden, consultant at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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