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

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  • Département responsable Haute école des sciences agronomiques, forestières et alimentaires
  • Institut Agronomie
  • Unité de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Organisation d'encouragement Autres
  • Durée (prévue) 01.01.2014 - 24.12.2022
  • Responsable du projet Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Direction du projet Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Équipe du projet Simon Spöhel
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
  • Partenaire International Development Enterprises
  • Mots-clés 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.


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.

Ce projet contribue aux objectifs de développement durable suivants

  • 2: Lutte contre la faim
  • 12: Consommation responsable