FAO Water ReportsThe AQUASTAT Programme was initiated with a view to presenting a comprehensive picture of water resources and irrigation in the countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and providing systematic, up-to-date and reliable information on water for agriculture and rural development. This report presents the results of the most recent survey carried out in the 18 countries of the Middle East region, and it a
Series: FAO Water ReportsIf irrigated production is to make a significant contribution to food security and economic growth in Sub Saharan Africa, it will have to be re-structured across the region as a whole. This is the main conclusion of a study undertaken by FAO to analyse the drivers of demand for irrigated production in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Steeply rising commercial food import bills for staple crops across SSA are indicative
Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMIn global studies related to water use, food production or climate change, knowing the location of irrigate agriculture is important in order to assess better the impact of water use on the available water resources. The Global map of irrigation areas shows the amount of area equipped for irrigation around the turn of the tewnty-firts century as a percentage of the total area on a
Increasing the efficiency of water use and enhancing agricultural water productivity at all levels of the production chains are becoming priorities in a growing number of countries. In particular, shifting to modern on-farm irrigation practices can contribute to a substantial increase in both water use efficiency and water productivity. The objective of this handbook is to provide a practical guide on the use of pressurized irrigation techniques ...
Series: FAO Water ReportsThe present water report is the final product emanating from efforts by FAO, IWMI and others to document and understand the implications of the irrigation sector embarking on a wide reform process. It is intended to be a knowledge synthesis document that captures the global experiences emerging from a wide-reaching process targeting the reform of the irrigation sector. This study indicates that irrigation manage
Series: FAO Irrigation and Drainage PapersThis publication describes the MASSCOTE methodology, illustrated by several applications in Asia. MASSCOTE is a comprehensive methodology for analysing the modernization of canal operation. The aim is to enable experts to work together with users in determining improved processes for cost-effective service-oriented management. It is based on previous tools and approaches widely used in Asia by F
Series: FAO Fisheries Technical Papers(Reprint; first edition in 2004) This Fisheries Technical Paper is a companion to the Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on the Use of Irrigation Systems for Sustainable Fish Production in Arid Countries of Asia (FAO Fisheries Report No. 679, ISBN 92-5-104832-0). The consultation was held at Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 25 to 29 September 2001 The document brings together twelve papers that review th
Series: FAO Water ReportsThe AQUASTAT programme was initiated with a view to presenting a comprehensive picture of water resources and irrigation in developing countries and providing systematic, up-to-date and reliable information on water for agriculture and development. This report presents the result of the most recent survey carries out in the 53 countries of Africa, and it analyses the changes that have occurred in the ten years s
In Bolivia, small farmers economic organisations (organizaviones ecόnomicas campesinas – OECs) are increasingly being talked about as actors that could play a key role in channelling proposals and programmes for sustainable agriculture, in the context of market liberalisation and globalisation.But what are OEC’s? What is their function? How important are they to farming families? How do they influence production and marketing processes?
Series: FAO Water ReportsGeneral consensus among policy-makers in the developing world and aid agencies is that the lack of capacity is constraining the development of irrigated agriculture. Although this concern is not new, it is now receiving much attention in the irrigation and drainage world where it is becoming an issue in its own right rather than being embedded in infrastructure investment projects. This publication contains a sy
Series: FAO Water ReportsDuring the last decade, the concept of water demand management has received increasing attention from both academics and development agencies and banks. In the face of rising costs for supply augmentation and concerns over the apparently inefficient use of water in agriculture, managing demand appears a priority means of mitigating water scarcity problems. Economists, in particular, have used theoretical framewo
Series: FAO Water ReportsThe AQUASTAT programme has been initiated with the view of presenting a comprehensive picture of water resources and irrigation in developing countries. This report presents the results of a survey of the Near East Region taken in 1995 and 1996. The survey relied mostly on country-based statistics and information contained in sector studies and master plans. A general summary presents a regional analysis of wate
Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMThis CD-ROM provides guidelines, procedures and relevant material for the development of a participatory training and extension programme for technical staff, extension workers and other stakeholders, to assist farmers to take charge of water management at field and scheme level and adopt in a sustainable manner appropriate water technologies. The programme is in particular relevan
Series: Non-series TitlesPhocaides, A. Irrigated agriculture has been an extremely important source of food production over recent decades. Food requirements will increase in future, while global water resources are limited. Therefore, making the best use of water for agriculture and improving irrigation efficiency are prerequisites for the future. Shifting from surface irrigation to pressurized irrigation will contribute substanti
Series: Non-series TitlesWheat is one of the most important food sources in the developing world. Sustainable intensification of irrigated wheat requires an adequate and balanced use of inputs. This self-help publication aims to contribute to a rational use of inputs by pointing out the various things that can go wrong with wheat crops and also proposing some effective solutions for overcoming the problems.
Series: FAO Irrigation and Drainage PapersThe main objective of this publication is to analyse the performance of pressurized irrigation systems operating on-demand (also under other conditions) and to provide revised criteria for the design of such irrigation networks. For this purpose, new approaches and a computer tool (COPAM) have been developed. Calculation examples have been included to demonstrate the procedures and facilitate th
Series: FAO Water ReportsThis publication is the forth of a series of reports prepared within the framework of FAO's AQUASTAT programme, aimed at presenting a comprehensive picture of water resources development and irrigation, with emphasis on developing countries. This volume presents the results of surveys performed in the countries if Asia in 1997 and 1998, relying on country-based statistics. A general summary presents a synopsis o
1. Sharing our Concerns and Looking to the Future. ~2. Handle with Care! Rapid Studies and the Poor - Clas Lindberg, Vesa-Matti Loiske, Wilhelm Östberg and Claude Mung'ong'o. ~3. PRA and Raised Expectations: Potentials and Pitfalls - Richard Edwards. ~4. The Grandfather Graph - Nurul Islam Nazem and Pete Atkins. ~5. Social Maps and Geographical Transects - some recent experiences in Orissa, India - Prahlad Mishra and Gayatree Mohanty. ~6. Women ...