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Irrigation in Asia: Preparing for the Future

Asian irrigation is now at a crossroads. Increasing populations, changing diets, growing cities, and expanding energy and industrial production each demand a greater share of available water resources. With increasing concerns about water scarcity and food security, agriculture as the largest user of water must find ways to increase the productivity of irrigation to produce the food, fiber, and fuel needed by the growing population. As the Asian Irrigation Forum 2012 concluded, ADB reconfirmed its commitment to support more irrigation projects to secure affordable food for the future. This issue of Water for All news features lessons learned in important areas, such as conjunctive water management, participatory irrigation management, and partnership with irrigation water users, for improving the productivity of irrigated agriculture in the Asia and Pacific region. 


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