Sustainable Irrigation News

  • Turlock Irrigation District Enters Power Purchase Agreement with SunPower

    Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced today a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) under which TID will buy clean renewable solar power from SunPower. To serve the agreement, SunPower is starting construction this month on a 54-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant at the company's Rosamond Solar site in Kern County, which is expected ...


    By SunPower

  • ICL Water Solutions supports project for sustainable irrigation management in Zimbabwe

    We continue to support humanitarian actions related to water in Africa. This year we focus our support on a sustainable irrigation project. Target group are 1,540 farmer families including sugar cane farmers and surrounding communities in the Runde region, Zimbabwe, Africa. We partnered with CARE, a well-established international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a long presence in ...


    By Kurita

  • How ‘green’ is our food?

    New research from Cranfield University has analysed how ‘green’ some of our everyday food choices are, and their long term sustainability for UK diets. The team of scientists compared three types of carbohydrates commonly consumed in Great Britain – British grown potatoes, Italian pasta and Indian basmati rice – in terms of both greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) and water ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Youth deserve gold medals for sustainability

    Over 1,000 young athletes from 70 nations will compete in the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Not only will they compete for coveted medals, they will cooperate in various hands-on workshops as part of a Culture and Education Program that includes the Youth Olympic Games Sustainability Project. As we prepare to cheer the young athletes of the Winter Youth Olympics, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Solar-powered irrigation improves food security in West Africa

    Solar-powered irrigation that delivers water directly to plant roots could help ensure food security in Africa, say researchers. Their study in the Sudano-Sahel region of West Africa indicated that this irrigation method could increase both household income and nutritional intake, particularly during the dry season. The food supply in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa is considered insecure in ...

  • Worldwatch Institute launches initiative to assess agricultural methods’ impacts on sustainability, productivity

    The Worldwatch Institute is launching a two-year project to point the world toward innovations in agriculture that can nourish people as well as the planet, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project will focus specifically on sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, 1 billion people worldwide go to bed hungry each night. In the first study of its kind, the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Reference panels to advise on Murray-Darling Basin water recovery and irrigation efficiency

    Two new stakeholder reference panels will provide advice to the Australian Government on water recovery and water efficiency issues, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penny Wong, announced today. Senator Wong said the Water Recovery and Environmental Use Stakeholder Reference Panel and the National Irrigation Efficiency Stakeholder Reference Panel would allow feedback on rural water issues ...


    By Australian Government

  • AUS$2m fast-tracked for healthy headwaters program

    Funding will be accelerated for irrigation planning and infrastructure in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, and Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Craig Wallace announced today. A sum of $2 million has been fast-tracked for activities relating to Queensland's Priority Project, the Healthy HeadWaters Program, ...


    By Australian Government

  • Experiment demonstrates 110 years of sustainable agriculture

    A plot of land on the campus of Auburn University shows that 110 years of sustainable farming practices can produce similar cotton crops to those using other methods.  In 1896, Professor J.F. Duggar at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University) started an experiment to test his theories that sustainable cotton production was possible on Alabama soils if ...

  • Is farming becoming more environmentally sustainable?

    The environmental track-record of agriculture has come under scrutiny in a new report which details the environmental performance of farming in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries since 1990. Its findings demonstrate that progress has been made, but there are still areas for improvement which policy measures could help overcome. One of the most striking ...

  • Japan & ADB to help Viet Nam improve water management and irrigation systems

    Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are helping Viet Nam improve its water management and modernize its irrigation systems. The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a $1 million grant to help design a project to upgrade the quality of water-related public services and improve the management of Viet Nam’s water resources used for irrigation. For its part, Viet Nam will contribute ...


    By Asian Development Bank

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