Solar-powered irrigation systems

Solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) are increasingly in demand as they can provide a cost-effective and “clean” solution to increase agricultural productivity. Access to water for irrigation is key to farmers, particularly to sustain their livelihoods and food security. However, operating irrigation systems efficiently often calls for the adoption of local irrigation techniques and this in…

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Tunnel irrigation

Tunnel irrigation must be designed, managed, and maintained to provide the right amount of water at the right time for the crop to grow optimally. In most cases micro-irrigation (drippers or micro-sprayers) is used, and modern micro-irrigation has developed from a simple water source management system to a complex, knowledge-intensive management system that manipulates the…

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Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India, in partnership with VITO, a not-for profit research and technology organization in Belgium, along with other partners jointly organised the 4th Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community conference (G-STIC 2020). G-STIC is a growing action- and impact-oriented expert community. It aims at accelerating the transition to a…

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Micro-irrigation

Micro irrigation is considered as one of the most efficient irrigation systems, but it should be management and maintained properly to keep it to perform at its best to enhance crop growth and water productivity. The concept of micro irrigation originated during the initial “discovery” and development of drippers and drip irrigation in Israel. However,…

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Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

The global framework for action to cope with water scarcity in agriculture in the context of climate change – in short, the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) – is a Partnership established in April 2017 and hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Land and Water Division in Rome, Italy, consisting…

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Drip irrigation

The purpose of an irrigation system is to apply the desired amount of water, at the correct application rate and uniformly to the whole field, at the right time, with the least amount of non-beneficial water consumption (losses), and as economically as possible. Irrigation systems in use are classified as follows: Flood or gravity irrigation…

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Water smart irrigation

A requirement for sustainable agriculture in the water value-chain Water, especially in irrigated agriculture, poses one of the most vital sustainable development challenges of our time. The importance of water is as follows: Water is the key to food security: without water, crops simply cannot grow. Water is not just for primary production it plays…

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