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  • How much water is used for irrigation in European agriculture?

    Agriculture plays a large role in the management of water in the EU. However, there is little consistent information on water use in irrigation. New EU supported research has estimated how much water is used for irrigation in European countries, providing a framework to analyse agricultural pressures on water quantity. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in the EU and the situation is ...

  • Climate change to shift global spread and quality of agricultural land

    New areas of land suitable for agriculture will open up under climate change’s effects, new research predicts, particularly in far northern regions of the world. However, the overall quality of land for farming will decline and many regions, including Europe, could lose large areas of suitable land. Demand for agricultural products is expected to rise by 70–110% by 2050. This is ...

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • Cranfield and UK Irrigation Association win international award for UK agriculture

    Experts from Cranfield University’s Centre for Water Science and the UK Irrigation Association (UKIA) have won the prestigious WatSave 2010 Technology Award for their research and promotion of on-farm reservoirs in the UK.  The winning project, undertaken by Cranfield’s Dr Keith Weatherhead and Dr Jerry Knox, and Dr Melvyn Kay, Executive Secretary of the UK Irrigation ...


    By Cranfield University

  • China: agricultural production and groundwater

    As in many parts of the People’s Republic of China, Shanxi Province is experiencing reduced water security for the agriculture sector. Changing climate conditions, including reduced rainfall, are increasing reliance on groundwater resources in the province. Unsustainable groundwater use for food production intensifies the impacts of climate change, and cost-effective adaptation responses ...

  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Pakistan to get $75m for irrigation projects

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Pakistan with $75 million in loans to build several multi-purpose dams, irrigation canals and drinking water supplies across the Potohar Plateau near Islamabad. The project will improve the livelihoods of about 22,000 farming households by bringing irrigation to 11,500 hectares of agricultural land that used to rely on irregular and unpredictable ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Latest agricultural technology innovation

    Companies and breakthroughs most likely to help the world produce more food with less Dwindling water, farmland and fossil-based fertilizers are making it increasingly difficult to feed people today, let alone those expected in the future. Select companies are poised to reinvigorate large scale agriculture with cleantech innovations that help expand yields, increase efficiencies, ...


    By Kachan & Co.

  • ADB assisting Bangladesh in improving irrigation systems

    US$750,000 grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist Bangladesh in implementing a planned multi-million loan project in 2010 that will improve irrigation services and further enhance the country's water sector as a whole. The grant, which was approved by ADB's Board of Directors, will assess existing irrigation systems' operations and maintenance planning, as well as their financing ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • 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 ...

  • Global irrigated area at record levels, but expansion slowing

    In 2009, the most recent year for which global data are available from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 311 million hectares in the world was equipped for irrigation but only 84 percent of that area was actually being irrigated, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Jatropha can revive degraded land, says study

    Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Egyptian Experimental Farm Reveals Possible Market for `Sewage Farming` Agricultural Products

    Crops grown on the Egyptian desert using treated wastewater are safe for human consumption and their production is economically viable, concluded engineers working on an experimental farm in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt. Their final report, 'The Re-use of Treated Sewage Waste Water in Agriculture' contains recommendations for a successful country-wide establishment of ...

  • Land acquisitions could add tension to transboundary waters

    Millions of hectares of farmland in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America have been leased to foreign countries, sovereign wealth funds, and private corporations over the past half-decade with little to no explicit legal agreement on how water can and will be used on the acquired properties. A new report from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Land acquisitions: How ...

  • On horizon 2050 - billions needed for agriculture

    Net investments of $83 billion a year must be made in agriculture in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, according to an FAO discussion paper published today.  Agricultural investment thus needs to increase by about 50 percent, according to the paper prepared for the High Level Experts’ Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050, Rome 12-13 ...

  • Funding Available to Farmers to Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

     The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California. This partnership combines rural infrastructure upgrades with on-farm conservation enhancements.  The deadline to submit an application ...

  • OPINION: Corporate land grabs threaten food security

    Proponents of the local food movement like to talk about keeping "food miles" to a minimum. Buying a New Zealand apple in New England is a big no-no. Imagine if instead of stores buying fruit from the South Pacific, the government was buying land in South America to produce "our own" food. Yet that is what's happening all over the world, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • ABB irrigation control solution saves water and energy in Spain

    The ABB solution controls the irrigation system for 10,700 plots of land in a 210 square-kilometer belt of prime agricultural land in the Zujar Canal region of western Spain, where local farmers grow sweet corn, tomatoes, olives, rice and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Prior to ABB’s involvement, many farmers had to drive up to 40 kilometers to irrigate their land. They had to open ...


    By ABB

  • Egyptian invention cuts rice irrigation water by haf

    Experts and stakeholders in Egypt warn of imminent water poverty as a result of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is about to become operational. Meanwhile, agricultural production consumes about 85 per cent of the country’s water resources, half of which goes towards rice irrigation. Rice cultivation consumes more than 10 billion cubic meters of water annually, or more than ...


    By SciDev.Net

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