Author: Mutyalu Sheshu

Why agricultural water productivity is the key to addressing the global water challenge

Source(s): Kritsnam Technologies (KT)

The world faces a rising challenge which is assuring access to clean water. Despite the growing world's population, the most significant water consumer globally is agriculture which must deal with the decrease of water availability. This is water from which the idea of agricultural water productivity (AWP) begins.

AWP does not only increase productivity but also creates other agricultural products. It does this by increasing the amount of crop yield for every water-fed unit. Such a view reversal should not be overlooked in the perspective of water security/food security and its sustainability.

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The Benefits of AWP

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Reduced Water Stress: With that in mind, agricultural water use optimization aims at preserving freshwater surfaces, so that other sectors such as domestic use and industry can also benefit from it.

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Strategies for Enhancing AWP

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Drought-Resistant Crops: Implementation of the appropriate production varieties that do not demand a lot of water to be applied is of paramount importance in conserving the aquifer.

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