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Water Productivity in Agriculture

Water Productivity in Agriculture

Limits and Opportunities for Improvement
Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series

Edited by J Kijne, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, R Barker, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, D Molden, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

August 2003 / Hardback / 368 Pages / 9780851996691 £110.00 / €140.00 / $210.00
With 10% online discount: £99.00 / €126.00 / $189.00
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First title in a major new seriesAddresses improving water productivity to relieve problems of scarcity and competition to provide for food and environmental securityDraws from scientists having a multitude of disciplines to approach this important problemIn a large number of developing countries, policy makers and researchers are increasingly aware of the conflicting demands on water, and look at agriculture to be more effective in its use of water. Focusing on both irrigated and rain-fed agriculture, this book gives a state of the art review of the limits and opportunities for improving water productivity in crop production. It demonstrates how efficiency of water use can be enhanced to maximize yields. The book represents the first in a new series of volumes resulting from the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, a research program conducted by the CGIAR's Future Harvest Centres, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners worldwide. It will be of significant interest to those working in areas of soil and crop science, water management, irrigation, and development studies.

  • 1: A Water productivity framework for understanding and action, D Molden, H Murray-Rust, ICRISAT, India, R Sakthivadivel, IWMI, India and I Makin, IWMI, Sri Lanka
  • 2: Economics of water productivity in managing water for agriculture, R Barker, D Dawe, IRRI, Philippines and A Inocencio, IWMI, South Africa
  • 3: The concept of efficiency in water resources management and policy, D Seckler, IWMI, USA, D Molden and R Sakthivadivel, IWMI, India
  • 4: Rice production in water-scarce environments, T P Tuong and B A M Bouman, IRRI, Philippines
  • 5: Managing saline and alkaline water for higher productivity, N K Tyagi, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, India
  • 6: Water productivity under saline conditions, J W Kijne
  • 7: Opportunities for increasing water productivity of CGIAR crops through plant breeding and molecular biology, J Bennett, IRRI, Philippines
  • 8: Management of drought in ICRISAT cereal and legume mandate crops, R Serraj, F R Bidinger,Y S Chauhan, ICRISAT, India, N Seetharama, ICAR, India, S N Nigam and N P Saxena, ICRISAT, India
  • 9: Water productivity in rain-fed agriculture: challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in drought-prone tropical agro-ecosystems, J Rockström, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, J Barron and P Fox, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 10: World water productivity: current situation and future options, X Cai and M W Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • 11: Improving water productivity in the dry areas of West Africa and North Africa, T Y Oweis and A Y Hachum, ICARDA, Syria
  • 12: Efficient management of rainwater for increased crop productivity and groundwater recharge in Asia, S P Wani, P Pathak, ICRISAT, India, T K Sreedevi, APARD, India, H P Singh, CRIDA, India and P Singh, ICRISAT, India
  • 13: Water productivity in forestry and agroforestry, C K Ong and B M Swallow, ICRAF, Kenya
  • 14: Water productivity and potato cultivation, W T Bowen, International Fertilizer Development Centre, AL, USA
  • 15: Rice-wheat cropping systems in the Indo-Gangetic plains: Issues of water productivity in relation to new resource - conserving technologies, P R Hobbs, Cornell University, USA and R K Gupta, NASC, India
  • 16: Land-and water productivity of wheat in the Western Indo-Gangetic plains of India and Pakistan: A comparative analysis, I Hussain, IWMI, Sri Lanka, R Sakthivadive, IIWMI, India and U Amarasinghe, IWMI, Sri Lanka
  • 17: Reform of the Thai Irrigation Sector: Is there scope for increasing water productivity? F Molle, IWMI, Sri Lanka
  • 18: Upscaling water productivity in irrigated agriculture using remote-sensing and GIS technologies, W G M Bastiaanssen, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, The Netherlands, M-ud-D Ahmad and Z Tahir, IWMI, Pakistan
  • 19: Improving water productivity through deficit irrigation: examples from Syria, North China Plain and Oregon, USA, H Zhang, CSIRO, Australia
"The book is full of new ideas and new thinking on the topic of water use in agriculture. I recommend it to those intrested in water policy, wanting to get some understanding of possible future directions for water policy thinking and policy development."

Joel Cayford,