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IWMI in Action- Water Productivity

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Presented by IWMI's Amgad Elmahdi, Head of MENA Region, at Cairo Water Week 2018, on October 15, 2018.

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IWMI in Action- Water Productivity

  1. 1. IWMI in Action- Water Productivity Dr Amgad Elmahdi Head of MENA Region
  2. 2. Our Roles and Where • Think tank conducting research to generative innovative solutions • Provider of science-based products and tools • Facilitator of learning to strengthen capacity and achieve uptake of research findings
  3. 3. Guide strategies aimed at achieving real efficiency gains and water savings • Output (kg/$/kcal) in relation to water consumed • Multiple sources of water • Multiple scales • Multiple, sequential (re)use within a basin Water Productivity
  4. 4. Builds on many years of water productivity research at IWMI > 300 journal articles, reports and other documents on water productivity: methods, tools and applied research in diverse settings
  5. 5. • Seed • Agro-chemicals • Best management practices • Information( Soil, Water, Weather, Technology etc) INPUTS • Timing • Quantity • Moisture retentionWATER Improving Agricultural Water Productivity
  6. 6. • Field based • System/Scheme • Basin/National • ICT based  Different complexity, functionality and requirements Water Solutions
  7. 7.  Increase the productivity per unit of water consumed/withdrawn (e.g., change crop varieties or type, improve timing/application of water, non-water inputs)  Reduce non-beneficial depletion (e.g., non- beneficial evaporation, flows to sinks)  Reallocate water among users (e.g., from lower to higher value uses)  Tap uncommitted flows (e.g., storage, water reuse)  Efficiency gains from water saving technologies do not necessarily result in proportional reductions in water use  Policy change and donor investment ( e.g. inform policy dialogue, investment decision, water allocation, distribution) Agricultural Water Productivity Lessons learned from 20 years of applied research WP interventions must consider farmer adaptation strategies, their impacts at basin scales, and institutional arrangements to address possible trade-offs.
  8. 8. Thank you IWMI is a CGIAR center focused on research for development. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food- secure future. Its work is carried out by 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partners across the globe. Dr Amgad Elmahdi Head of MENA Region A.Elmahdi@cigar.org
  9. 9. • Water productivity: – Output (kg/$/kcal) in relation to water consumed – Multiple sources of water – Multiple scales – Multiple, sequential (re)use within a basin • Objectives: – Meet rising demands for food from a growing, wealthier, and increasingly urbanized population, in light of water scarcity – Respond to pressures to re-allocate water from agriculture to cities and ensure that water is available for environmental uses – Contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth Water productivity as an alternative measureAgricultural Water Productivity Builds on many years of water productivity research at IWMI

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