Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture 

CA Info Brief No. 10

- 24 April 2006 - 


The CA assesses current knowledge and experience to identify the most effective investment and management decisions in water management for agriculture for reducing poverty and enhancing food and environmental security.


Apologies for Cross-Postings

News on the assessment synthesis

The comprehensive assessment synthesis book has entered its final step. Key messages are being summarized in an independent section: the CA Summary for Decision Makers. This section will be available as an individual document at the August Stockholm Water Week.

More information available on the CA Synthesis section of the website.


Please share with your partners and get involved! URGENT


Participate in the Global Art competition to illustrate messages on water for food and Life of the CA. Deadline extended to 15 May 2006
The CA, SIWI, RAMSAR, CBD, FAO, FANCA, Challenge Program on Water and Food and IUCN invite you to take part in the global art competition to illustrate 18 key messages on water for food & for Life.

Who:  The competition is open to anyone - no age limit. Share this invitation with people around you, schools, NGOs, local artists, etc.

What:  One piece of art will be selected to represent each of the key messages of the CA (one piece per message).  A US$100 prize will be awarded to each winner and US$500 will be awarded to the best art piece across all categories.

Where: Send a digital picture of your artwork with an information note on the work to  The selection will be done on the basis of these pictures and we will contact you after.  If you cannot take a picture, send your artwork to one of the submission locations available in various countries thanks to the CA competition partners and inform us of this.

More on the competition –

Participez a la compétition mondiale d'art pour illustrer des messages sur l'eau, agriculture et la vie (CA). Avant le 15 Mai 2006.

Plus sur la compétition (en Français) –

Participan a la competencia mundial de arte: recurriendo al arte para representar CA mensajes sobre agua y agricultura y la vida. Antes del 15 de Mayo 2006.

Mas sobre la competencia (en Español) -


CA new publications


CA Research Report No.10, 2006. Cities Versus Agriculture: Revisiting Intersectoral Water Transfers, Potential Gains and Conflicts. Molle, F. and J. Berkoff. [PDF 714 KB] 


CA Research Report No. 9, 2005. Historical Transformations of the Lower Jordan River Basin:  Changes in Water Use and Projections (1950 – 2025). Courcier, R., J.P. Venot and François Molle. [PDF 4.45 MB]


CA Research Report 8, 2005. Meta-Analysis to Assess Impact of Watershed Program and People's Participation Joshi, P.K., A.K. Jha, S.P. Wani, Laxmi Joshi and R.L. Shiyan [PDF1.430MB]


Beyond More Crop Per Drop, 2006. A document and web site have been produced for the 4th World Water Forum to provide ‘KEY MESSAGES’ which reflect valuable information, insight and opportunity for action within the framework of the water-food-environment nexus. (This is a joint report of the Ca, IWMI, SIWI, SEI, Ramsar, PWEE, INWEPF, ICID, CPWF, IUCN). Visit the site & [PDF1.86MB]  


Minimum Agenda on gender mainstreaming in water management, Version presented at the WWF4, in March 2006 in Mexico. (English, French, Spanish)


Other publications can be downloaded from Publications, including the CA research reports 1 to 10, CA publications in partners series, the Blue Paper: Investing in Water for Food, Ecosystems and Livelihoods, Stockholm 2004 [PDF 634 KB] and the book, Water Productivity in Agriculture: Limits and Opportunities for Improvement [Book index HTML]


 News from a CA Partner


Vacancy for Researcher in Water and Livestock

The International Livestock Research Center (ILRI) based in Ethiopia has led the preparation of the chapter of the CA book on water and livestock. They are seeking a new researcher on water and livestock.  The vacancy is open until 30 April 2006.

Read more on the job offer:


CA at conferences

Interesting opportunities for the CA in coming months are:

Ø       13-19 May:  IFAP 37th World Farmers’ Congress and 60th Anniversary Celebrations, Seoul, South Korea. Theme: 60 years of empowering farmers – for diversity, for sustainability, for health, for peace. For more:

Ø       20-26 August: Stockholm Water Week (More information about the sessions in which the CA will be participating will be available soon).


Getting feedback on CA findings


On 6-8 March: The CA Rice chapter is debated at IRRI in Los Banos, Philippines

IRRI hosted the WWF/PCARRD-organized (with FAO, PhilRice, ICRISAT) workshop International Dialogue on Rice and Water: Exploring Options for Food Security and Sustainable Environment”.  It gathered 50 experts, half of which are international experts and the other half of which are from the Philippines.  The workshop was an ideal opportunity to critically review the findings of the CA chapter on Rice. Contact: Bas Bouman, IRRI.


On 20 March: CA session at the World Water Forum 4 in Mexico

The CA organized a session entitled “Assessing livelihood and environmental synergies and trade-offs for water management in agriculture” at the Fourth World Water Forum (Session FT4.37).  The CA session challenged current ways of thinking about management of water in agriculture.  CA messages were also discussed in at least 10 other different sessions thanks to authors and partners.  To read more about the CA at the WWF4 and the session, see the summary report. Contact: Domitille Vallee, CA secretariat.


On 19-21 March: draft “minimum agenda for effective gender mainstreaming in water management” shared at the WWF4 for feedback

The CA joined with Both ENDS and the Gender and Water Alliance to find out why engendered policies and available guidelines still do not result in gender mainstreaming in practice.  This short-term project supported by Novib enhances gender expert participation in the CA synthesis process.  A final report on gender in water management in agriculture is in preparation.  To comment on the minimum agenda presented at the WWF4 , contact Joke Muylwijk, GWA.


On 20-31 March: Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Curitiba, Brazil

CBD is one of the co-sponsors of the CA and refers to it in document on Biological Diversity of Inland Water Ecosystems (document No. UNEP/CBD/COP/8/INF/15). 

For more: