How a policy to address a groundwater shortage inadvertently increased air pollution in northern India
Source: Tech and Science Post (15 Dec 2022)
The seemingly small shift in the planting season had a cascading effect that delayed the fire season by about two weeks and exacerbated air pollution.
Scientist urges upgrades to monitor groundwater use for agriculture in low-income countries
Successful testing of phone-based groundwater monitoring in the Nepal Terai was described at World Water Week in Stockholm.
Less water for better crops
Researchers explore how coupling automation with drip irrigation can enhance water use efficiency and productivity, especially in South Asia’s cereal-based systems.
Building resilient and sustainable irrigation for food security in Nepal
A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.
India’s Groundwater Is In Trouble. And It Could Cause a Food Shortage for Millions By 2025, Study Finds
Source: Green Queen (11 Aug 2021)
A recent study of the groundwater in India revealed that, by 2025, large areas of the north-western and southern parts of the country will have “critically low groundwater availability”.
Reduced cropping intensity in India
Source: Rural 21 (1 Apr 2021)
Providing canal irrigation as a substitute irrigation source will likely not be enough to maintain current production levels.
Groundwater depletion in India could reduce winter cropped acreage significantly in years ahead
Switch to irrigation canals will not fully compensate for the expected loss of groundwater in Indian agriculture, new study concludes.
Digital groundwater monitoring
New pilot in Nepal kicks off with a multi-stakeholder dialogue.
Supporting smallholder farmers to better combat drought
CSISA project suggests pathways to remove barriers inhibiting full use of groundwater irrigation infrastructure in Nepal’s Terai region.