Scaling up Microirrigation Technology to Address Water Challenges in Semi-arid South Asia

Mohan, Geetha, Mishra, Ranjeeta, Reddy, A Amarender, Matsuda, Hirotaka, Sekiyama, Makiko and Fukushi, Kensuke (2022). Scaling up Microirrigation Technology to Address Water Challenges in Semi-arid South Asia. UNU-IAS Policy Brief series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

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    Author Mohan, Geetha
    Mishra, Ranjeeta
    Reddy, A Amarender
    Matsuda, Hirotaka
    Sekiyama, Makiko
    Fukushi, Kensuke
    Title Scaling up Microirrigation Technology to Address Water Challenges in Semi-arid South Asia
    Series Title UNU-IAS Policy Brief series
    Volume/Issue No. 30
    Publication Date 2022-01-27
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
    Pages 4
    Language eng
    Abstract Water resources in semi-arid regions are under severe pressure, causing reduced agricultural production and loss of ecological flows. Large scale expansion of microirrigation can increase productivity and economise scarce water resources. In South Asia, challenges include lack of awareness about the technology, the high cost and complexity of maintenance, and the non-alignment of govern- ment incentives with farmers' interests, which have resulted in underutilisation of installed systems. Recommendations: • Implement spatial mapping for microirrigation technologies and strengthen agricultural management practices to support diversification into high-value crops and improve yields. • Promote farmers’ collectives to manage community water resources and encourage cooperative farming. • Provide incentives to increase production and installation of low-cost microirrigation technologies and assist farmers in maintainance. • Promote coherent irrigation policies to increase water availability and adoption of microirrigation.
    UNBIS Thesaurus WATER MANAGEMENT
    IRRIGATION FARMING
    SOUTH ASIA
    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
    Keyword Microirrigation
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 24093017
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