Webinar Today: 'Drain for Gain: Managing Salinity over Irrigated Lands'
The world’s population is projected to grow from 6,500 million people today to more than 9,100 million in 2050. To feed this growing population and banish hunger from the world, food and feed production will need to be doubled. The majority of the increase has to come from investments in improved irrigation and drainage practices in existing agricultural areas. At the same time, salinity affects 10 to 16% of all irrigated lands and the annual rate of land loss due to waterlogging and salinity is about 0.5 million ha per year. It is estimated that existing drainage systems will have to be replaced or modernized.
Subsurface drainage practices have changed from manual, small-scale installations to mechanized, large-scale systems. To keep up with the changing demands, new developments are needed in installation techniques, equipment and materials, as well as in the planning and organization of the implementation process. The challenge is to support farmers in managing their fields in a more sustainable way and to enable them to cope with these changes.
At 14:00 GMT today (click here to check your local timing), Dr. Henk Ritzema from Wageningen university, The Netherlands detail these issues at TheWaterChannel webinar titled ‘Drain for gain: Managing Salinity over irrigated Lands'.
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See you there!