Delft, the Netherlands, 19 Aug 2014

Putting Drip Irrigation in Perspective at the World Water Week

UNESCO-IHE researchers have been involved in various research projects about drip irrigation. At the World Water Week, to be held in Stockholm from 31 August to 5 September 2014, they will present their findings.

Drip irrigation is widely promoted as an innovative technology to address current water, food, poverty, and environmental challenges as illustrated by the 2013 Stockholm Industry Award to irrigation material manufacturer Netafim.

Yet, even if improved yields and lower water use are achieved in some instances, not all farmers are interested in or in a position to adopt the technology and many promises remain unfulfilled.

This event will provide a renewed assessment of the potential and performance of drip irrigation worldwide (in terms of water, food, poverty and environment) and give a platform to different men and women to share their experience in working with drip irrigation. Four transversal themes will be discussed:

  1. Smallholder drip irrigation systems and support mechanisms for their sustainable dissemination and use;
  2. approaches enhancing coherence between farmer-led technical change and irrigation system-level modernization;
  3. the multiplicity of systems for multiple farmers;
  4. drip irrigation standards and subsidies mechanisms.

Read more about the session at the World Water Week in Stockholm on Thursday 4 September 2014, 14:00-17:30, Room T5: Putting Drip Irrigation in Perspective: Reality Check on the Promises of a Technology

New Story: A Wake Up Call from the Drip Dream

Drip irrigation is spreading among agro-entrepreneurs and smallholders in many countries, but it is not a miracle solution to water scarcity, food insecurity, and poverty.

UNESCO-IHE researchers have contributed to recent studies that aim to put a new perspective on efforts geared at promoting drip irrigation for smallholder farmers.

Read more in our Stories Section.

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