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Sister Networks


Our Sister Networks

The Food Security and Nutrition Network engages community members through a knowledge hub at, where development and emergency food security practitioners can share knowledge, resources, and promising practices.  As we learn from each other, we identify gaps and develop solutions, thus propelling the field of food security and nutrition programming forward to maximize impact. is run by the Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) activity, funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP).  IDEAL consists of a consortium of four partner organizations: Save the Children, the Kaizen Company, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International.  IDEAL addresses knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community to support them in the design and implementation of effective development and emergency food security activities. is the hub for IDEAL’s work.  You can create a user profile and subscribe to our newsletter here.

The Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network (HWISE-RCN) is a community of scholars and practitioners who research and work in the interdisciplinary field of water insecurity. The network is dedicated to building a community of practice that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. 

Recent success includes the development of a cross-culturally validated household water insecurity scale for low-and middle-income countries, and its uptake by researchers, multilateral agencies (e.g., UNESCO), and development organizations, such as Oxfam.  Our collaborative research also offers novel insights on the relationship between water insecurity and food insecurity, health impacts of water insecurity, and how water technologies, practices, institutions, and organizational forms shape household water insecurity.  New collaborations with Feed the Future and IFPRI open new avenues to explore the interrelationship between small-scale irrigation, household water insecurity, and food security in West Africa.

The RCN advances research about the experiences and assessment of HWISE through collaborations and creates a network of members that supports scientific discovery and professional development.  We conduct workshops that foster research and engagement to address the most pressing challenges around household water insecurity.  The network actively promotes its members through newsletterstwitter, and blog

The HWISE-RCN is a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration with over 66 scholars from 25 U.S. and international institutions across career spectrum and social science disciplines.  Join our listserv and newsletter mailing list to stay updated on our activities.