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The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) ┬áhas appointed Ms. Pamela George as the new Ganges Basin Leader for its Ganges Basin Research Program. The decision was made jointly by CPWF and the WorldFish Center, CPWF’s lead partner in the Ganges.

Ms. George worked as acting Basin Leader from November 2011 – January 2012. Pamela has worked within CGIAR for more then 20 years and bring a wealth of experience and skills to the position. Her main focus has been on project management, contracting and program development. From 2003-2011 she was the program manager of the CPWF. Before that she worked for a number of programs for CGIAR, World Bank and other international agencies.

Pamela has a deep knowledge of Bangladesh, having worked for a number of years on the the Agricultural Services Innovation and Reform Project (ASIRP) funded by DFID/UK, the World Bank and Government of Bangladesh.

CPWF focuses its efforts in the coastal salt-affected areas of the Ganges basin (Bangladesh and India) that are home to more than 40 million people, of which 60% of the population is poor and as much as 44% is extremely poor. The program goal is to reduce poverty and strengthen livelihood resilience through improved water governance and management in coastal areas of the Ganges basin.

CPWF, World Fish and other CPWF Ganges partners welcome Pamela on board.