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In Africa only 7% of crops are irrigated 1
Use of groundwater for irrigation in Kandal Province Cambodia
By 2030 irrigation water withdrawal is expected to grow by about 14% 2
A water-logged field in Tuanlin China
High-intensity irrigation leads often to waterlogging and/or salinization. About 1/3 of irrigated land is now severely or moderately affected. 3


Photos: 1- Joe Ronzio, 2- Neil Palmer / IWMI , 3- IWMI


  1. FAO ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/aglw/docs/wr29_eng.pdf
  2. FAO ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/aglw/docs/fauresetalagadir.pdf
  3. FAO http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y3918e/y3918e10.htm