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Water Productivity

Water productivity is a much discussed topic in the water and agricultural sector, especially in water-scarce countries. Between March and May 2017, a series of master classes on water productivity will be organized by MetaMeta together with RAIN and NWP, under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The master classes are meant for SMEs and NGOs interested in food security and water safety in water scarce areas. They provide the participants with latest developments, broader knowledge and the opportunity to jointly explore market opportunities.


Master Class 1: From Monitoring to Implementation

March 29th, 2017 @ FutureWater, Wageningen

On March 29 the first master class was hosted by FutureWater. In this master class Water Productivity was discussed at policy as well as implementation level. What is really necessary for farmers, companies and policy makers to know so they can take measures to improve water productivity? How can we work together to contribute?

1. Job Kleijn (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) explained how water productivity is embedded in the Dutch policy. (Download the presentation)

2. Jonna van Opstal (UNESCO-IHE) elaborated on the FAO database and her experiences from Lebanon. (Link to presentation)


3. Gijs Simons and Johannes Hunink (FutureWater) showed how the use of technology and scenario models to measure water productivity. (Download the intro presentation of Gijs, the presentation of Johannes and the summary presentation of Gijs).
During the presentation, reference was made by Johannes to the FAO publications on Aquacrop

4. Gabor Szanto of RVO presented opportunities at RVO tailored to the audience. (Download the presentation)

Recommended links by Gabor:




Kick-off Meeting Water Productivity

March 2nd, 2017 @ MetaMeta Wageningen

On March 2nd, an informative session on Water Productivity was held in Wageningen. We look back to a successful gathering with more than 50 people from NGOs, companies and governmental organizations.

The meeting was intended to give participants information on water productivity, its embedding in the Dutch policy, and its implementation through a number of "smart solutions" from various companies in the water and agricultural sector.

The evening was divided into three parts. The introduction was given by Peter Prince of NWP to jointly tackle the Dutch objective to increase water productivity in agriculture by 25%. Wim Bastiaanssen of UNESCO-IHE dived deeper into the theme and highlighted the FAO database where satellite data is used to monitor water productivity in agriculture.

During the second part of the evening four companies gave a glimpse into their technologies and strategies they developed to increase crop yields with lower water consumption. During the final part, participants were invited to discuss their ideas with two innovation funds under the program “Smart Water for Agriculture” in Kenya and the “Blue Gold Program” in Bangladesh. This meeting was also the kickoff of a series of thematic master classes to be held in the period from March to June.

Many newly established contacts and discussions arose reflecting its value for the Netherlands taking its role in improving water productivity in agriculture.
All presentations can be downloaded below. A summary of the evening was published in the NWP newsletter of March 10, 2017 (in Dutch).


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