Smart Water Magazine: How tech and modern market mechanisms can solve water scarcity in post-Soviet states

Uzbekistan is an incredibly dry country, receiving an annual rainfall of just 100 to 300 mm. Nevertheless, Uzbek farmers have managed to significantly increase productivity since the early 1990s, raising the availability of diverse foods and halving the number of unnourished people in just ten years.

So what’s the solution? Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have completed research trials that have seen dramatic improvements in water accounting. We worked with three water consumer associations, serving about 500 farmers, to test new, electronic tools that enable the associations to automatically account for how much water has been delivered to which farmers.


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