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The dimensions of water productivity









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    Water productivity analyses using WaPOR
    The case of sugarcane
    2022
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    This document explores the use of WaPOR data, which is derived from remotely-sensed data, in the context of sugarcane production. Two different case studies of sugarcane estates are explored: the case of Wonji, in Ethiopia, and the case of Xinavane, in Mozambique. In these two estates, the data was used to identify areas of high and low land and water productivity in order to try to understand the causes for the variations as well as understand the results and implications of increasing these productivities to match the areas of the estates that perform best, which can be considered as local targets.
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    Mid-term evaluation of the project "Monitoring water productivity by remote sensing as a tool to assess possibilities to reduce water productivity gaps
    Project code: GCP/INT/229/NET
    2020
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    While population growth and economic development are putting unprecedented pressure on renewable, but finite water resources, especially in arid regions, scarce land and water resources are affecting food security and sustainable water management. FAO identified the need to implement a digital database built upon remote sensing and information technologies that can monitor and report on agricultural water productivity over Africa and Near East, accessible through the FAO Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data portal (WaPOR). The WaPOR database is now operational at continental level (all African and Near East countries covered by the 250 m spatial resolution data), national level (two beneficiary countries can access the WaPOR database at 100 m resolution) and subnational level with a spatial resolution of about 30 m, so far including eight areas of interest (river basins or irrigation schemes). Water Accounting Plus (WA+) reports based on remote sensing have been completed for three river basins as planned (Litani in Lebanon, Awash in Ethiopia and Jordan basin). An action framework at national level for capacity building and participatory decision making is currently being developed to make effective a “demand-driven” approach based on national and local needs.
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    Implementation of on-farm water management solutions to increase water productivity in Ethiopia
    Technical report: capacity development series
    2021
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    This technical report focuses on Koga, in Ethiopia, and describes the process of developing, designing, piloting and evaluating potential solutions to increase water productivity sustainably, which is the third objective of component 4 of the project on WaPOR (Using Remote Sensing in support of solutions to reduce agricultural water productivity gaps). As irrigated areas expand, more attention must be paid to on-farm water management so as to allow for optimal use and distribution of water resources. Using WaPOR data, that is, remote-sensing based water productivity parameters, this report characterises the status of water use and productivity in the Koga irrigation scheme. It also uses the data to measure the changes occuring after the implementation of low-cost tools and irrigation practices so as to: increase yield and to reduce the water consumed or applied during the irrigation season.

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