Do Estimates of Water Productivity Enhance Understanding of Farm-Level Water Management?
AbstractEstimates of water productivity are appearing with increasing frequency in the literature pertaining to agronomy, water management, and water policy. Some authors report such estimates as one of the outcome variables of experiment station studies, while others calculate water productivities when comparing regional crop production information. Many authors suggest or imply that higher values of water productivity are needed to ensure that future food production goals are achieved. Yet maximizing water productivity might not be consistent with farm-level goals or with societal objectives regarding water allocation and management. Farmers in both rainfed and irrigated settings must address a complex set of issues pertaining to risk, uncertainty, prices, and opportunity costs, when selecting activities and determining optimal strategies. It is not clear that farmers in either setting will or should choose to maximize water productivity. Upon examining water productivity, both conceptually and empirically, using published versions of crop production functions, I conclude that estimates of water productivity contain too little information to enhance understanding of farm-level water management.
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Wichelns, D. Do Estimates of Water Productivity Enhance Understanding of Farm-Level Water Management? Water 2014, 6, 778-795.
Wichelns D. Do Estimates of Water Productivity Enhance Understanding of Farm-Level Water Management? Water. 2014; 6(4):778-795.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wichelns, Dennis. 2014. "Do Estimates of Water Productivity Enhance Understanding of Farm-Level Water Management?" Water 6, no. 4: 778-795.