Agricultural Water Management


The SWMCN Subprogramme is celebrating the WWD with other Divisions in IAEA for this event from 21-23 March. The SWMCN is embarking on the following TC projects to help Member States to address agricultural water management issues for enhancing food security and tackling water scarcity in agriculture:

  - BKF2010 Enhancing Crop Productivity through Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies for Peri-Urban Agriculture to Improve the Income and Livelihood of Farmers
  - BOT5007 Using Isotopic, Nuclear and Other Conventional Techniques to Support the Development of Improved Soil and Water Management Techniques to Increase Crop Production
  - KEN5031 Improving Agricultural Productivity in Mixed Cropping Systems through Application of Knowledge-Based Technologies Generated with the Aid of Nuclear Techniques
  - MOZ5004 Improving Nitrogen and Water Use Efficiency of Maize Varieties in Conservation Agriculture under Smallholder Farming Systems
  - NER5015 Improving Productivity of the Millet-Cowpea Cropping System through Development and Dissemination of Improved Varieties and New Water and Fertiliser Management Techniques
  - OMA5001 Production of Forage Crops Tolerant to Salinity and Drought
  - QAT5003 Improving Agricultural Productivity in Saline Land/Areas
  - RAF5058 Enhancing the Productivity of High Value Crops and Income Generation with Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  - RAS5065 Supporting Climate-Proofing Rice Production Systems (CRiPS) Based on Nuclear Applications
  - SEY5006 Implementing Nutrient and Water Management Practices Using Nuclear and Related Techniques to Enhance National Vegetable Production through Sustainable Agricultural Management
  - SLO5003 Developing the Optimum Combination of Soil Quality and Nutrient Management for Sustainable Food Production and Pollution Prevention
  - ZAM5027 Developing Maize Genotypes for Drought and Low Soil Fertility Tolerance
  - ZIM5018 Optimising Water Use and Soil Productivity for Increased Food Security in Drylands through Farmer Participation in Sustainable Technologies

For more information visit our page on Field Projects.

Fact Sheets

In our efforts to highlight the importance and often unique roles that isotopic and nuclear techniques play in improving the management of water for agriculture, the SWMCN Subprogramme has generated a set of six Fact Sheets – a general one that explain how the IAEA can assist its Member States in achieving agricultural water management objectives with the use of such techniques, and five that highlight in more detail the role of these techniques within the themes of relevance to Member States. All Fact Sheets can be downloaded

  - What can the IAEA and nuclear technologies do for you? [pdf]
  - Soil water measurements for increased water use efficiency [pdf]
  - Nuclear techniques for assessing irrigation technology and improving irrigation scheduling [pdf]
  - Water harvesting for rain-fed agricultural production systems [pdf]
  - Identifying crops with efficient water use in dry and saline environments [pdf]
  - Managing on-farm water to enhance food production [pdf]

Country Impact Reports

During the past several months the SWMCN has been working closely with numerous counterparts and colleagues in Member States to generate a series of Country Impact Reports on the use of isotopic and nuclear techniques in agricultural water management. These reports are achievement from both IAEA’s Coordinated Research Projects as well as Technical Cooperation Projects, showcasing how nuclear and related technologies are transferred to Member States for peaceful uses in agricultural water management and the impacts obtained, as given below:

  - An integrated land-water management approach enables farmers to cope with soil water salinity [pdf]
  - Using saline water in salt affected soils to enhance food productivity and farmer incomes in Bangladesh [pdf]
  - Improving water quality through better soil management in Chilean vineyard plantations [pdf]
  - Improving water quality in forested catchments in South-Central Chile [pdf]
  - Improving water productivity and agricultural sustainability in Northern China [pdf]
  - Saving scarce water and improving farmer livelihoods in peri-urban areas of Ghana through better irrigation [pdf]
  - Enhanced utilization of scarce water improves soil fertility and crop yields in Kenyan drylands [pdf]
  - Improving agricultural water management through low-cost small-scale irrigation technologies in Kenya [pdf]
  - Improving Agricultural Water and Fertiliser Management in Libya [pdf]
  - Utilising crops to access scarce water enhances crop yields and farmer livelihoods in Mali [pdf]
  - Blending of saline groundwater with treated sewage water offers bright future for saline soils in Qatar [pdf]
  - Improving agricultural water management in Tajikistan: an essential tool in soil conservation and sustainable farmer livelihoods [pdf]
  - Drip irrigation offers high tea yields for small-scale plantation farmers in Tanzania [pdf]
  - Improving water and fertiliser use efficiency in potato production: The Turkish way [pdf]
  - Coping with water scarcity in Vietnamese Highlands [pdf]
  - Improving water quality through better soil management in Vietnamese mountainous uplands [pdf]