Special Issue "Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2015)
Dr. Henk Ritzema
The increase in food production, one of the main pillars in the fight against poverty, has to be achieved by increasing production of existing lands through investments in improved irrigation and drainage practices. In the last few decades, there has also been a gradual change in land use: urbanization and non-agricultural uses, including ecosystem services, have been increasing. The climate is changing, cropping patterns are diversifying, and field irrigation methods are changing. As a result, river basins are closing, water sources are becoming increasingly contested, and stakeholders engage in different ways of influencing water policies and intervention programs.
There is an urgent need for modifications in agricultural water management practices, so as to adapt to these changing socio-economic and climate conditions, and to improve water efficiency, productivity, and security. Improved water efficiency often goes hand in hand with an increased risk of salinization. At the other end of the spectrum, increased rainfall intensities increase the risk of waterlogging. To reverse these negative trends, irrigation and drainage practices have to be improved by introducing more control, at the field level, at the tertiary level, and at the project/basin level. The challenge is to find a balance between individual water management needs, which vary from field to field and farmer to farmer, and water management as a collective activity of society.
This Special Issue on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage welcomes contributions that cover these challenges for improving irrigation and drainage practices.
Dr. Henk Ritzema
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- agricultural water management