Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture 

CA Info Brief No. 12 – 10 July 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


CA Publications

These publications present results of CA gap-filling research projects selected through two competitive calls for proposals. The Synthesis work is being finalised.


Book: Environment and Livelihoods in Coastal Zones: Managing Agriculture – Fishery – Aquaculture Conflicts’, Editors: Hoanh, C.T., Tuong, T.P., Gowing, J.W., and Hardy, B., June 2006, Series Editor: David Molden, Volume 2, CABI publisher, ISBN: 1 84593 107 0. Order from CABI Publishing.


This book is based on the outcomes of a, the International Conference on Environment and Livelihoods in Coastal Zones: Managing Agriculture-Fishery-Aquaculture Conflicts, 1-3 March 2005, Bac Lieu, Vietnam. A joint effort of the CA/IRRI/World Fish Center.


CA Research Report No. 11: ‘Prospects for productive use of saline water in West Asia and North Africa’ (2006) Stenhouse, J. and J. W. Kijne (PDF 1.6MB)


CA Discussion Paper No. 3: 'The Possibilities for Dryland Crop Yield Improvement in India's Semi-arid Regions-Observations from the Field' (2006) Jetske A. Bouma and Christopher A. Scott (PDF 525 kB). 


FAO water Report 30: “Stakeholder-oriented valuation to support water resources management processes , Confronting concepts with Local Practices”, 2006, by Leon Hermans & Daniel Renault (FAO), Lucy Emerton & Daniele Perrot-Maitre (IUCN), Sophie Nguyen Khoa (IWMI), Laurence Smith (Imperial College London), Rome 2006 “. (More details also in Research Report 7, 2005 –PDF).


Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report No. 20: ‘On-site and Off-site Impact of Watershed Development: A Case Study of Rajasamadhiyala, Gujarat, India, Sreedevi, TK, SP Wani, R Sudi, Mahesh S Patel, Jayesh Talati, SN Singh and Tushar Shah’ (PDF 1.1MB)


Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report No. 26: ‘Yield Gap Analysis of Major Rainfed Crops of Northern Vietnam Using Simulation ModelingChuc, NT, Piara Singh, K Srinivas, A Ramakrishna, NT Chinh, NV Thang, SP Wani and TD Long (PDF 1.6MB)


Other publications can be downloaded from Publications, including the CA research reports 1-10, 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]



Water for Food - Water for Life: 18 Pieces of Art Selected to Illustrate the CA


The CA, SIWI, RAMSAR, CBD, FAO, FANCA, Challenge Program on Water and Food organised a Global art competition to illustrate 18 key messages on water for food and for life from 13 March to 1 June 2006. We received 42 pieces in the adult category and 122 pieces in the youth category. Eighteen pieces have been selected and some will be presented at the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2006.  See the submitted artwork as well as the winners online. The artwork will be presented at upcoming events where the CA is profiled. See all the artworks and the selected ones.



 Next events for the CA


The CA book is being edited and will be available in the final quarter of 2006. It will be presented in special sessions and key notes at various upcoming events in the coming months.

18/19 July Conference on Transforming Tropical Agriculture: An Assessment of Major Technological, Institutional, and Policy Innovations, Brasil. Key note by F. Rijsberman.

16/17 August - Symposium “ Water for Irrigated Agriculture and the Environment: Finding a Flow for All, Canberra, Australia Key note by F. Rijsberman.

20 August, SEI seminar on “Closing the Sanitation Loop. Keynote: Reuse: making an asset out of wastewater”, Stockholm Sweden. Key note by F. Rijsberman.  

20-26 August 2006, World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden: A Key note on the 20 August “opening session” and A special session “From Assessment to Research and Actions: The Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food” on Thursday, 24 August 2006. [For more on the session - for more on the conference].  The summary for decision makers will be presented there.


4-7 September 2006, 9th International River symposium, 'Managing rivers with climate change and expanding populations’: Session organised by Max Finlayson and David Molden. For further updates visit the website.


18-22 September 2006, 2nd Regional Workshop on Agricultural Water Management (AWM) in Eastern and Southern Africa: "Water for the Millennium Development Goal on Poverty and Hunger", Maputo, Mozambique. Key note (Contact: Prof. Nuhu Hatibu).  


9-13 October 2006, 26th IRRC at International Rice Congress (IRC 2006): IRC 2006 will take place in New Delhi, India.  More details on the Congress can be obtained from the website. 


12-17 November 2006, International Forum on Water and Food: This event is organized by the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) and will be held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, hosted by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Download the entire background document on this Forum and call for abstracts [PDF 124Kb].



News from our Partners – IWMI releases a wealth of data and maps

Just released by IWMI:

- a webmap to give you simple & easy access to 102 years of climate data (the data source is CRU Climate Research Unit of University of East Anglia, UK).

- an on-line data and information portal with CP-WF that provides access to water, agriculture and environment scientific data. The portal name is IDIS - Integrated Database Information System.

- a new and much improved version of the World Water and Climate Atlas interface for accurate data on climate and moisture availability for agriculture. The resolution of data for the Atlas is 0.1 degree (~10 Km) and the coverage is the globe.  (guidelines for the new version ; interface for the new version ; data CDs1 and data CD 2).