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June 24, 2020: Water Productivity and Sugarcane Production








This webinar is part 3 of a six-part masterclass series from the Water Productivity Improvement in Practice (WaterPIP) project. In this series, we will provide attendees with a step-by-step approach to monitor and interpret irrigation performance indicators using open-source tools and provide context through applied case studies. Monitoring at different spatial scales will be discussed (including at crop level, by irrigation scheme, and in river basins) as well as monitoring techniques for biophysical and socioeconomic parameters of water productivity.

Although growth in global sugar consumption in the coming decade is projected to slow down, the growth rate is still expected to be 1.48% per year until 2027. Therefore, the assignment for the sugar-producing sector is clear: by 2027, an estimated 205 million additional tons of sugar need to be produced (given the current production of 185 million tons). Production of sugar crops is expected to expand in many parts of the world, with increases coming from a combination of higher yields from existing farms and expansion of crop areas.

In this masterclass webinar from WaterPIP, we will dive into the priorities, opportunities, and challenges in the field of operating and developing sugar cane plantations both from the field and the developer perspectives. There will be a discussion on the implication of sugar cane expansion on water use in a river basin context, evidence-based analysis on the intensification versus expansion of crop areas using the FAO WaPOR database, as well as the impacts of growing different types of sugar crops. We invite you to join us for the webinar and share your experiences and ideas on this topic.


Upcoming Masterclasses in the Series:

  • July 01, 2020: Socio-economic Water Productivity
  • July 08, 2020: Monitoring Water Productivity using Aqua Crop

(More information on the upcoming webinars coming soon)

This webinar series is supported by the Water Productivity Improvement in Practice (WaterPIP) project, which is supported by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands under the DGIS UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation (DUPC)