International Water Management Institute

Agricultural water productivity; Can it be monitored?

Sunday 23 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 307

Achieving food security in the future while using water resources in a sustainable manner will be a major challenge for us and the next generations. We will need to produce more crop per drop of water. The SDG on water (SDG 6) will very likely include a target on increasing water-use efficiencies in all sectors. Considering that the agricultural sector is a key water user and water availability and use will also impact SDG 2 on food security, careful monitoring of water productivity and exploring possible opportunities to increase it will be required. But how can we monitor the performance of water use in agriculture?

The FAO is developing a publicly accessible near real time database using satellite data that will allow monitoring of agricultural water productivity. This database can be used to propose solutions to reduce water productivity gaps while taking into account ecosystems services and the equitable use of water resources. Eventually, the proposed solutions should lead to an overall reduction of water stress. The discussion will focus on the approach followed and to which extent the data generated can be used in practice by policy makers, water managers and farmers. 


Agricultural Water Productivity in irrigation and rain fed areas; can it be monitored?

16:00     Welcome

16:05     Goal and approach of the global water productivity monitoring and reporting to SDG 6.4

             Jippe Hoogeveen, FAO

16:20     Using remote sensing techniques to identify possibilities to increase water productivity under sustainable river basin water resources conditions

              Wim Bastiaanssen, UNESCO-IHE

16:35     Implementation of concrete examples of water productivity monitoring in Irrigated areas and rainfed maize production, South Africa

             Andre Roux, Department of Agriculture South Africa

16:50     Upscaling of best practices (i.e. river basin structure, policy adaptation)

              International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

17:05      Panel discussion


  • Jeremy Bird, Director General IWMI
  • Job Kleijn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
  • Jippe Hoogeveen, FAO
  • Andre Roux, Department of Agriculture - Western Cape Government - South Africa
  • Prof Wim Bastiaanssen, UNESCO-IHE

17:25     Closure

17:30     End of session