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Comprehensive assessment on water management in agriculture (CA)-opening of discussions on "Water Productivity in Agriculture" chapter

Última modificación 29/06/2005 13:56

This is the introductory message to the email discussion on the WATER PRODUCTIVITY IN AGRICULTURE chapter of the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture (the CA).

This is the introductory message to the email discussion on the WATER PRODUCTIVITY IN AGRICULTURE chapter of the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture (the CA).

 

For those of you, new in this process, let me present briefly the CA  ( http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/assessment ).
It is a multi-institute process aimed at synthesizing existing knowledge and stimulating thought on ways to manage water resources in agriculture.  The CA critically assesses the benefits, costs, and impacts of the past 50 years of water development and challenges to water management currently facing communities.  It identifies innovative solutions and explores consequences of potential investment and management options. The CA is designed as a learning process, engaging networks of stakeholders to produce knowledge synthesis.  The main output of the CA is a Synthesis Report that aims to guide investment and management decisions in the forthcoming decades in the field of water management for agriculture. 

The water productivity chapter is cross cutting by nature and should provide necessary definitions, conceptual framework and methodologies to interlink all chapters. A preliminary outline for that chapter, attached to that message, was developed as the result of a brainstorming session held in Aleppo in early April with twelve water productivity experts, followed by refining works by the writing team of that chapter.

This writing team (Lead Authors (LA) in charge of that Chapter) invite you to examine, enhance and fill the gaps in the synthesis chapter outline developed so far. They also hope through this discussion to identify potential contributors among the community of practice that would provide strong evidences from different parts of the world and ideas for the write-up of the chapter.

We would welcome your critical comments on the proposed outline:

* what is for you the key messages that should come out strongly
* what do you agree with,
* what do you disagree with,
* what is missing,
* what evidences can you provide to support a key message.

With the outline, are the main messages of the chapter as developed by the Steering committee of the CA. Your contribution would be appreciated on both the outline and the content of each subheading. More helpful are contributions with supporting data and references.

The Web site discussion will take place from Today -29 June to the 11th of July 2005, after what the lead authors will start working on a draft chapter. The draft will be posted on the web end of July and a second round of discussion will be opened.

This discussion may also enable us the wide range of geographic and socio-economic situations in which water productivity has a role to play in agriculture. For your first intervention, we suggest that you indicate your name, role, institution and country where you work.

This is a moderated discussion. The moderator <mailto:CASyn-Wtr-Productivity@cgiar.org>  will receive all the messages and send them to the whole list. Documents provided will be uploaded on the website.

When joining for the first time, please introduce yourself and your background to the group with your first message posting. We also encourage you to share the published or unpublished documents that may contribute to this chapter. Please attach such documents with your e-mail containing the message. All contributions to be included in the chapter will be acknowledged in the synthesis chapter.

The discussion will be moderated by the LAs of the chapter (Theib Oweis, Jacob Kijne, Pasquale Steduto, Bas Bouman)

We look forward with interest to your contribution.

Yours truly,

Theib Oweis
Coordinating Lead Author
Water productivity in Agriculture

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