Donor: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Italy
The DGIS funded ‘Using Remote Sensing in support of solutions to reduce agricultural water productivity gaps’ project’s main aim is to develop and open access data portal on remote sensing derived water productivity in Africa and the MENA region, hosted by FAO. The Frame consortium, consisting of eLEAF, Vito, ITC and the WaterWatch foundation, is responsible for creating and providing the data for the project. In April 2017, the FAO Water Productivity Open Access portal (WaPOR) was officially launched (Beta version). In August 2018, an improved version was made available through the link https://wapor/apps.fao.org (version 1.0), in December 2018 some additional improvements were made available through version 1.1. WaPOR provides information at the continental scale at 250m resolution, at selected country or river basin scale at 100m resolution, and for five selected irrigation schemes at 30m resolution.
The four major outputs of this project are:
1. An operational database, covering Africa and the Near East to monitor agricultural water and land productivity
2. An assessment of agricultural water and land productivity, productivity gaps and capacity development to close these gaps
3. An assessment of the consequences and sustainability of possible increases in water productivity in agriculture
4. Capacity development of stakeholders to increase water productivity sustainably
IHE Delft contributes to this project by providing water accounting for 5 major basins, Litani, Jordan, Niger, Nile, and Awash Rivers (output 3). In addition, IHE Delft is performing a quality assessment of the WaPOR database using continental level datasets, country and basin level comparisons and point comparisons with field observations. IHE Delft provides input into output 2 with regard to method development, validation and field work through research projects of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. In addition, IHE Delft is the lead in training activities of staff in ministries, knowledge institutes, river basin authorities, irrigation authorities, farmers organizations and others (output 4).