Innovation - Agricultural Water Management

Agricultural Water Management

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Subsurface Vapor Transfer Irrigation


A subsurface irrigation technology that enables agriculture to use water efficiently and also make use of brackish or saline water without the need for either expensive purification, desalination, fine filtering or pressurizing.

Detection of canal water leaks

Use of satellite imagery to detect surface soil moisture and GPS to identify and record location of the leak

Provision of weather forecasts

"Translation" of technical forecasts into information that is useful to farmers, and distribution via SMS

Control of water withdrawals

Use of IC cards to measure, control and charge for farmers' groundwater pumping

Crowdsourcing in agricultural water management

Submission of data via cellphones on actual water deliveries by farmers in different locations of an irrigation system

Support for deficit irrigation

Monitoring of weather, water and crop growth data, and related decision support systems

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Monitoring of water in canals and soils

Use of sensors to improve irrigation water delivery and application

Support for controlled flooding and groundwater recharge

Utilization of satellite imagery for observation of flooded areas, evapotranspiration and surface soil moisture combined with simple earthworks to spread flood waters with the goal of maximizing infiltration

Regulation of water flows in canals and on-farm

Use of software, including from cellphones, to open/close gates, turn on/off irrigation pumps or sprinklers

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Affordable Soil Moisture Sensors


An automatic irrigation system based on reliable and real-time indicators of plant water needs.

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