FAO Legislative Studies # 100This publication describes the experience of a number of transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with crafting regulatory frameworks for irrigation water users' organizations. It also seeks to distil a number of key regulatory requirements. As a result, this study serves as a design/drafting manual for policymakers and for drafters of legislation on water users' organiz
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
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
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
Producing our daily food requires one thousand times more water than we use to drink and one hundred times more than we use to meet our basic need. Agriculture is the major source of food and by far the largest consumer of water on the globe. How can more food be produced with the same amount of water? How does food security connect to poverty and water use? These and many other question are discussed in this publication, a slightly modified ...
Series: Non-series TitlesAll statistical evidence confirms that agriculture is the key sector for water management, now and in the next decades. Nevertheless, the rural water development sector fails at present to get priority, compared to other competing sectors, in international fora. Strong and new arguments are needed to bring rural water back "on line". Agriculture policies and investments will need to become more strategic.
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: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMThere are a number of irrigation guidelines available worldwide from various national and international institutions and organizations. Such guidelines cover different irrigation topics in varying degrees of quantity and quality. The individual user may have difficulty in both identifying which guidelines to consult for specific tasks and in accessing them. The objective of this CD
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 ...