Increasing water productivity

October 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Water and Livelihoods Initiative will begin
Research in Tunisia in the 2012-13 season

Several new projects were launched in 2012, to optimize and scale out supplemental irrigation, water harvesting, integrated watershed development and other approaches to increase water productivity. A project, funded by the Coca Cola Foundation and UNDP will scale out low-cost treatment methods to re-use graywater for irrigation. A new project in Iran’s Karkheh river basin, funded through the national budget, will focus on water productivity, water allocations (policy and institutions) and agricultural value chains. The AFESD-funded Water Benchmarks Project will continue to be a major activity in 2013. Research will be implemented at nine sites – primary benchmark sites in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, and six satellite sites in other countries – to scale out technologies tested and piloted in previous phases. The Water and Livelihoods Initiative, which currently covers seven countries, will expand to Tunisia in 2013. Three priorities for future research: groundwater (modeling and monitoring of shallow aquifers), integrated water and land management in sub-Saharan Africa, and soil fertility management.

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