Increased efficiency of irrigation water use to address climate change related water shortage

Irrigated agriculture is often limited by the availability of irrigation water. In many irrigated areas the distribution canals and on-farm irrigation systems are in poor shape, which causes substantial water losses. These problems are increasingly exacerbated by the impact of climate change causing a reduction of available irrigation water with higher temperatures and expansion of irrigated agriculture leading to higher irrigation water demand. Increasing frequency and intensity of flashfloods and debris flows pose risks to the functioning of irrigation canals and thus to the livelihoods of farmers and food security.
The solution reduced the substantial losses of irrigation water caused by seepage from canals, structural problems in irrigation systems and on-farm irrigation. It also addresses risks caused by flashfloods and debris flows. The solution is based on a technical and financial support to the local communities in collaboration with  district water management authorities.