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Howard G. Buffett Foundation Global Water Initiative - West Africa Cluster Regional Strategy, September 2007

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) aims to support the sustainable and equitable delivery of potable water to vulnerable communities in dry and semiarid areas in 13 countries in Central America, East Africa and West Africa. In West Africa, GWI is working in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal with a small
group of organisations that constitute the core-partners of the initiative. This strategy summarises our current thinking and provides a strategic framework for our decision-making and work in West Africa over the next 10 years.

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Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development.

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