Water tools

Sustainable and productive water use in agriculture is key to food security and sound natural resources management. Much is already known in the domain but practical implementation lags way behind. Practical tools may help bridging this gap


  • Lead school School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Agriculture
  • Research unit International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 01.01.2014 - 24.12.2022
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Project staff Simon Spöhel
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Partner International Development Enterprises
  • Keywords Water availability, water use master plan, water productivity, irrigation requirement


Aim of the project: Develop practicable tools that allow assessing water availability for irrigation in a defined area, optimizing crop production in terms of income and water productivity, and facilitate irrigation scheduling.

Course of action

A practicable methodology to assess water availability for irrigation is developed in order to avoid overuse of water resources and conflicts. A tool supporting small-scale farmers in optimizing farming operations in terms of income and water productivity is elaborated, verified and disseminated. A simple tool indicating crop irrigation requirement is tested, adapted and promoted. Scientific support is provided to specific studies focusing on the productive use of water.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 2: Zero hunger
  • 12: Responsible consumption and production