Key Messages

  • Revitalizing irrigation across Africa and Asia is key to ensuring that future populations do not go hungry.
  • The need for groundwater management is growing as farmers increasingly pump groundwater to meet their water needs, leaving behind the old systems and institutions that managed them.
  • Using agricultural landscapes for a wider range of functions can help produce ‘more crop per drop’.
  • Increased investments are urgently needed in irrigation and other agricultural water management methods, using a full range of options from large to small-scale infrastructure.
  • Irrigation systems need to be carefully managed to avoid land degradation


Key messages on groundwater irrigation issues.
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