New series of FAO Policy and Field Guides to improve water productivity and water use efficiency in small-scale agriculture

Enhancing the productivity and efficiency of agricultural water is key to increase food production and respond to the growing food demand, while at the same time preserving healthy and sustainable ecosystems. Even more so in drought- and desertification-prone areas, whereby agricultural production is negatively affected by climate change, erratic rainfall patterns and increasing water scarcity.

The improvement of agricultural water management, however, can only be achieved through synergetic plans of action and effective choices by all stakeholders. National policy strategies and improved farming practices are both essential to overcome challenges posed by drought and desertification and to change public attitudes in order to “produce more with less”.

A series of four publications has been produced in the framework of the “Strengthening agricultural water efficiency and productivity at the African and global level” project, to present results and lessons learned from the application of comprehensive approaches and real-term implementation of water productivity and water use efficiency practices in Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda.

Taking into account the need to address all relevant stakeholders, a series of publications that includes two field guides for farmers and practitioners, as well as two policy guides for institutional actors and decision makers were developed.

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