Water management: field days in Egypt

April 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ICARDA’s Water Benchmarks Project, currently supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, aims to improve water management in dry areas across West Asia and North Africa, through research at ‘benchmark’ sites in different agro-ecologies. Egypt hosts the benchmark sites for irrigated systems, where the project focuses on developing and promoting more efficient irrigation practices and increasing farmer awareness of water-efficient technologies.

More yield with less water. Farmers share experiences with researchers, extension staff and other project partners

As part of these efforts, field days were organized jointly by the Agricultural Research Corporation, the National Center for Water Research, two rural development projects (West Noubariah and East Delta), and ICARDA. The aim was to showcase technology ‘packages’ that combine improved varieties, crop management, and especially irrigation methods to achieve the same (or higher) yields with significantly less water and fertilizer. The field days brought together 120 participants – farmers, policy makers, local government officials, researchers, extension agents, NGO staff and others. These interactions, and follow-up distribution of information, have generated considerable interest among farmers as well as government officials involved in extension and water management.

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