Events
June 8, 2017Washington D.C.

The Water in Agriculture Innovation Series is a collaborative knowledge platform offered by the Water in Agriculture Global Solutions Group at the World Bank and partners across academia, public and private institutions, and civil society on agriculture and water issues. The series aims to share and promote innovations related to water in agriculture. Check out the webinars of the innovation series below:

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Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) and System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Techniques for Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production

Date: June 8, 2017

Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) is a water-saving technology that farmers can apply to reduce their irrigation water consumption in rice fields without decreasing its yield. In AWD, irrigation water is applied a few days after the disappearance of the ponded water. Hence, the field gets alternately flooded and non-flooded. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which originated in Madagascar in the 1980s, also uses wetting and drying of the field in addition to agroecological cropping principles such as 7 day old seedlings instead of the 15-20 day seedlings and one seedling per hill instead of several per hill used in traditional rice growing practices, the addition of compost and/or fertilizer, and 2-3 mechanical weedings depending on weed pressure. Practitioners of SRI report significantly enhanced yields relative to best management practices with continuously flooded rice.

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Water Markets: Formal and Informal

Date: June 5, 2017

Water markets are mechanisms for re-allocating water from lower value to higher value uses. They are used in both developed and developing world contexts, within a variety of institutional contexts. Much attention so far has been paid to formal water market transactions with clear delineation of property rights and a credible water manager. However, informal water sharing transactions negotiated bilaterally are much more common than is usually understood and provide an important risk management tool for agricultural producers especially in times of scarcity.

The presentations in this seminar provided an overview of the role of water as a risk management mechanism in the context of irrigated agriculture. It discussed basic issues in water market design and implementation including the roles of governance and trust. It looked at what constitutes informality and the scope if any to build upon such informal markets towards more formal transactions. It also considered the role of philanthropy in facilitating new water transactions. 

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Games for Groundwater Governance

Date: May 23, 2017

Groundwater is one of the most challenging resources to govern, resulting in resource depletion in many areas.  This presentation introduces, based on a pilot in Andhra Pradesh, India, an innovative use of collective action games to not only measure propensity for collective action, but to improve local understanding of groundwater interrelationships and stimulate collective governance of groundwater. The games simulated crop choice and consequences for the aquifer and were followed by a community debriefing.

Repeated experience with the games evoked more cooperation in the second year, outweighing other factors such as education, gender, and trust index scores. After the games were played, a significantly higher proportion of communities have adopted water registers and rules to govern groundwater.

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

 

 

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

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Water Markets 2.0: Could the Australian Approach Apply to Developing Countries?

Date: December 5, 2016

In support of Australia’s contribution to the UN - World Bank High Level Panel on Water, the water policy advisory firm Aither is developing a six-step approach to improved water management. The approach is based on the Australian experience of water policy reform over recent decades. It will be applicable at multiple scales in diverse national and regional contexts, where water scarcity is a present or future threat to economic development. The presentation introduced the ‘six steps’, and described the importance of water markets and trading as a tool to improve the allocation and use of scarce water resources.

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017

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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017

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