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Improving agricultural water management through innovative technical and policy approaches.

The Water Program (formerly the Water and Climate Program) addresses the challenge of efficient, sustainable water use to support agricultural production in a context of increasingly uncertain climate, competition from other sectors and declining water quality. The program works to improve agricultural water management through innovative technical and policy approaches under three main themes:

  • improving access to, and outcomes from, irrigation
  • sustainable use of groundwater in agriculture
  • risks and opportunities for safe productive use of low-quality water.

In South Asia, the Water Program coordinates activities that were established by the DFAT Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio and focus on sustainable ways to intensify and diversify food systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, by examining the technical, policy and social dimensions of widespread agricultural change.