Title Beyond Crop per Drop
Subtitle Assessing Agricultural Water Productivity and Efficiency in a Maturing Water Economy
Author Susanne M. Scheierling, David O. Tréguer
ISBN 9781464812989
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 98
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher The World Bank
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With growing water scarcity in many parts of the world and projections that indicate the need to increase agricultural production and, concurrently, agricultural water use, the calls to improve agricultural water productivity and efficiency—and thus achieve more crop per drop—are growing. Many international organizations that focus on water management are also promoting these efforts, and significant public and private investments are being made in both developed and developing countries. Yet some serious problems are associated with this approach. They include conceptual issues, the methods used for measuring agricultural water productivity and efficiency, and the application of these concepts and methods in different contexts—all of which influence the choice of interventions and the evaluation of their implementation.

The report aims to shed further light on these issues: first, by clarifying some of the underlying concepts in the discussion of agricultural water productivity and efficiency; second, by reviewing and analyzing the available methods for assessing water productivity and efficiency, including single-factor productivity measures, total factor productivity indices, frontier methods, and deductive methods; and, third, by discussing their application and relevance in different contexts. As a background for this analysis, the report highlights the central role of water use in irrigated agriculture and its link with increasing water scarcity.

An underlying framework of the analysis is the view of the water economy transitioning from an expansionary to a mature phase. The report further develops this framework to reflect water management issues in irrigated agriculture. The framework is then applied to make the case that, with increasing water scarcity, the ongoing efforts for improving agricultural water productivity and efficiency need to move beyond crop-per-drop approaches, because they are in many circumstances an insufficient and sometimes counterproductive attempt to adapt agricultural water management to a maturing water economy.


Acknowledgments • About the Authors • Executive Summary • Abbreviations

CHAPTER 1: Why Focus on Water Management in Irrigated Agriculture? • Irrigated Agriculture in a Maturing Water Economy: A Framework • Scope of the Report and Roadmap • Notes • References

CHAPTER 2: Background Facts on Water Use in Irrigated Agriculture • Preliminaries: Special Characteristics and Measures of Water • Central Role of Water Use in Irrigated Agriculture • Irrigated Agriculture and Water Scarcity • Notes • References

CHAPTER 3: Conceptual Issues: Efficiency and Productivity in Agricultural Water Use • Irrigation Efficiency and Water Productivity in Engineering and Agronomy • Efficiency and Productivity in Economics • Notes • References

CHAPTER 4: Methods for Assessing Agricultural Water Productivity and Efficiency • Analysis of the Methods • Characteristics of the Methods by Key Features • Notes • References

CHAPTER 5: Applications of the Methods in a Maturing Water Economy • Relevance of the Methods in Different Contexts • Some Implications for Going Forward • Note • References

APPENDIX: Table and Figures • Reference

About the Authors:

Susanne M. Scheierling is a Senior Irrigation Water Economist in the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. She specializes in irrigation water economics and policy analysis. Her work includes operational and analytical tasks in all regions, with a focus on the economic aspects of agricultural water management.

Before joining the World Bank in 2007, she led agricultural and water-related projects for the Asian Development Bank for seven years. She was also involved in research on water economics and management at Colorado State University, the International Water Management Institute, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and, in a consultant capacity, the World Bank and the German Agency for International Cooperation.

She received a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University, and an MS in the economic and social sciences of agriculture from the University of Bonn, Germany.

David O. Tréguer is a Senior Agriculture Economist in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice, Middle East and North Africa Region. His work focuses on the links between agriculture and the environment, agribusiness development, and water in agriculture—both in operations and analytical work. He has also contributed to the development of green growth strategies in Indonesia, Mauritania, Morocco.

Before joining the World Bank in 2011, he was a researcher with the French National Agronomic Research Institute, where he specialized in the economics of biofuels and their impacts on agricultural and environmental policies.

He received a PhD in economics from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and a MSc in agronomy from AgroParisTech, France.

Target Audience:

People interested in water scarcity for agriculture.

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