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One of the main challenges of our time is to supply food and environmental safety. To accomplish this aim, an important step is to increase the productivity of water used in agriculture, leaving this way more water for other uses and for the environment.
CPWF through its research seeks to generate base knowledge and methodologies to produce more food with less water, and to develop a conceptual framework that allows reaching the objectives and monitoring the progress.
Five core issues have been defined to direct the research in the nine referential watersheds that were selected around the world.
In this framework, seven watersheds from the Andean Mountain Chain (Cordillera de los Andes) were selected to form the Andean Watershed System (CPWF-Andes): Fuquene and La Miel in Colombia, Alto Mayo and Jequetepeque in Peru, Ambato and El Angel in Ecuador and Tunari en Bolivia. All these represent the heterogeneity of the south American Andean mountains.
For further information on the Challenge Program on Water & Food of CGIAR visit: www.waterandfood.org