Game changers for irrigated agriculture –
do the right incentives exist?
Jeremy Bird
International Water Management Instit...
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –
do the right incentives exist?
Examples of water transfers exist
…as allocation to
agriculture was
reduced and
transferred to
urban use
Agricultural
prod...
20
S
S
Social conflicts
between brackish
(shrimp) and
freshwater (rice)
environments
Higher income
US$2,150 /ha
8700 farme...
Provisioning services
Regulatory services
Cultural services
Supporting services
Natural basin
Crops
Hydropower
Industrial
...
Wastewater
Piped water
A problem, but
also an
opportunity?
Agro-industrial waste - Energy
Wastewater – Water (irrigation,
aquaculture)
MSW, Faecal sludge - Nutrients (ag. production...
Water Land and Ecosystem Vision:
A world in which agriculture thrives within
vibrant ecosystems, where communities
have hi...
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
Game changers for irrigated agriculture –  do the right incentives exist?
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Improved and expanded irrigation will be vital if we are to feed 9 billion by 2050, but this will need to take different forms in different regions. And can it be achieved without wrecking the natural environment?

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  • But if water allocation and productivity can be improved, it is possible to accommodate urban needs
  • Game changers for irrigated agriculture – do the right incentives exist?

    1. 1. Game changers for irrigated agriculture – do the right incentives exist? Jeremy Bird International Water Management Institute 1st World Irrigation Forum Mardin, Turkey, 29 September 2013
    2. 2. Game changers for irrigated agriculture – do the right incentives exist?
    3. 3. Examples of water transfers exist …as allocation to agriculture was reduced and transferred to urban use Agricultural production levels maintained…
    4. 4. 20 S S Social conflicts between brackish (shrimp) and freshwater (rice) environments Higher income US$2,150 /ha 8700 farmers adopted innovation Reduced pollution Low income < US$ 1,500/ha Polluted aquatic environment Improved locally- responsive zoning together with sluice gate management …and co-management of competing uses rice – shrimp production in Viet Nam (and Bangladesh)
    5. 5. Provisioning services Regulatory services Cultural services Supporting services Natural basin Crops Hydropower Industrial Regulation of water balance Erosion control Climate regulationSoil formation Nutrient cycling Recreation Crops Hydropower Industrial Regulation of water balance Erosion control Climate regulationSoil formation Nutrient cycling Recreation Intensively utilized basin Crops Hydropower Industrial Regulation of water balance Erosion control Climate regulationSoil formation Nutrient cycling Recreation Multifunctional “green” basin Natural and built infrastructure… striking a balance – increasing the total benefit stream
    6. 6. Wastewater Piped water A problem, but also an opportunity?
    7. 7. Agro-industrial waste - Energy Wastewater – Water (irrigation, aquaculture) MSW, Faecal sludge - Nutrients (ag. production) Innovative RRR initiatives – to close water and nutrient cycles
    8. 8. Water Land and Ecosystem Vision: A world in which agriculture thrives within vibrant ecosystems, where communities have higher incomes, improved food security and the ability to continuously improve their lives iwmi.org wle.cgiar.org wle.cgiar.org/blogs

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