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Research Project: Improving the Sustainability of Irrigated Farming Systems in Semi-Arid Regions

Location: Water Management and Systems Research

Title: Global water security: Current research and priorities for action

Author
item ALE, SRINIVASULU - TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE
item Harmel, Daren
item NEJADHASHEMI, POUYAN - MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
item DeJonge, Kendall
item IRMAK, SUAT - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
item CHAUBEY, INDRAJEET - UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
item Douglas-Mankin, Kyle

Submitted to: Transactions of the ASABE
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/2020
Publication Date: 3/4/2020
Citation: Ale, S., Harmel, R.D., Nejadhashemi, P.A., DeJonge, K.C., Irmak, S., Chaubey, I., Douglas-Mankin, K.R. 2020. Global water security: Current research and priorities for action. Transactions of the ASABE. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.13839.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.13839

Interpretive Summary: This article introduces the “Global Water Security” special collection in this issue of Transactions of the ASABE and issue 36(1) of Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Researchers, educators, industry partners, agricultural producers, and policymakers from 19 countries met at Hyderabad, India to discuss critical issues and advancements at the Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The conference was organized jointly by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE). This Special Collection consists of articles from the 245 meeting papers as well as invited articles. A perspectives article in this collection summarized seven suggested Key Priorities for action from the conference: Reduce Food Waste, Increase Wastewater Reuse, Increase Agricultural Resiliency and Efficiency, Optimize Irrigation Efficiency and Increase Crop Water Productivity, Improve Water Supply Management, Improve Water Resource Infrastructure, and Enhance Water Resource Decision-Making and Policy Formulation. The remaining articles address a wide range of water security topics grouped into four broad categories: sustainable management of water resources, limited irrigation for water conservation, precision irrigation management, and water management in regions with topography with large slopes. While these articles are not inclusive of all water security challenges to the agriculture and natural resources sectors, they highlight important selected challenges and potential solutions. Research presented in this special collection emphasizes the importance of developing and utilizing appropriate location-specific technologies that increase the water application efficiency and water use efficiency while maintaining adequate water supplies for natural resource functions and ecosystem services for ensuring global water security.

Technical Abstract: This article introduces the “Global Water Security” special collection in this issue of Transactions of the ASABE and issue 36(1) of Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Researchers, educators, industry partners, agricultural producers, and policymakers from 19 countries met at Hyderabad, India to discuss critical issues and advancements at the Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The conference was organized jointly by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE). This Special Collection consists of articles from the 245 meeting papers as well as invited articles. A perspectives article in this collection summarized seven suggested Key Priorities for action from the conference: Reduce Food Waste, Increase Wastewater Reuse, Increase Agricultural Resiliency and Efficiency, Optimize Irrigation Efficiency and Increase Crop Water Productivity, Improve Water Supply Management, Improve Water Resource Infrastructure, and Enhance Water Resource Decision-Making and Policy Formulation. The remaining articles address a wide range of water security topics grouped into four broad categories: sustainable management of water resources, limited irrigation for water conservation, precision irrigation management, and water management in regions with topography with large slopes. While these articles are not inclusive of all water security challenges to the agriculture and natural resources sectors, they highlight important selected challenges and potential solutions. Research presented in this special collection emphasizes the importance of developing and utilizing appropriate location-specific technologies that increase the water application efficiency and water use efficiency while maintaining adequate water supplies for natural resource functions and ecosystem services for ensuring global water security.