Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture
CA Info Brief No. 13 – 7 November 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.
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Water for Food, Water for Life: a Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture
The Comprehensive Assessment book “Water for Food, Water for Life: a
Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture” is going
through a final process of thorough editing and layout. It will be launched
early 2007. (
A new CA publication series based on the forthcoming book
The Water for Food, Water for Life Briefs series aims to clarify current debates around water management in agriculture in an accessible way. They are based on the latest findings of the Assessment and scientific knowledge. They are targeted at decision makers. They can be accessed online here.
Forthcoming issues in November include on land management, livestock and water, fisheries and agriculture, and poverty.
The CA shared findings from the Assessment in various sessions of the Stockholm World Water Week (20-26 August 2006). The CA addressed issues around "feeding the world", "impacts of diets", " poverty pathways", "managing ecosystem services of agriculture", "shifting thinking in water management in agriculture in a 1 day session", "closing and closed basins". It presented a discussion paper "Insights from the Comprehensive Assessment on Water Management in Agriculture" that raised a lot of interest from the media (read media coverage), and from the water and agriculture communities. More on the Stockholm Water Week
The CA book has been presented at various upcoming events in the past months.
- 4-7 September 2006: 9th
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",
Environmental stress: In response to a large number of requests for the reproduction of original figures from Comprehensive Assessment study on global environmental water assessment (Research Report No. 2, Smakhtin et al, 2004), the maps are now available for download in two formats. Click here to go to the page.
Irrigation mapping: The Global Irrigation Area Map (GIAM), in its
path-finding work, intends to capture the extent of irrigated areas – official,
private, informal. It is a joint work of IWMI’s remote sensing and GIS (RS\GIS)
unit team and numerous partners. First results were discussed the recent workshop (25-27
September 2006), The
International Workshop on
Global Irrigated Area Mapping (GIAM), hosted by IWMI,
'Insights' from the
Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture.
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:
Research Report 12, 2006, Impact of
land use on river basin water balance: A case study of the Modder river basin,
IWMI Policy Brief 19, ‘Choosing Appropriate Response to Groundwater Depletion’, based on CA research published in IWMI research report No. 71 ‘Policies Drain the North China Plain: Agricultural Policy and Groundwater Depletion in Launcheng County, 1949-2000’ [PDF 427 KB]
IWMI Policy Brief 21, ‘Working Wetlands: a New Approach to Balancing Agricultural Development with Environmental Protection’ 2006. [PDF 357kb]
Other publications can be downloaded from Publications, including the CA research reports 1-12, CA publications in partners series, Policy Briefs, the book, Water Productivity in Agriculture: Limits and Opportunities for Improvement [Book index HTML]
Next events for the CA and news
5-10 November 2006: The Third Global Authors
Meeting of the International Assessment of Agriculture Science and Technology
for Development is taking place in
6-7 November 2006: “Avenirs de l’agriculture irriguée en méditerranée: nouveaux arrangements institutionnels pour une gestion de la demande en eau” [The future of irrigated agricultrue in the Mediterranean: new institutional arrangements for demand management] Contact :Marcel Kuper, Wademed project (email@example.com).
November 2006, International Forum on Water and Food: This event is organized by the CGIAR’s Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)
and will be held in
News from the CA secretariat team: Domitille Vallée,
assessment facilitator, is leaving the team after two exciting synthesis years (thanks
to all of you!). She will be on travel through