Overcoming the “paradox” of irrigation efficiency

Agricultural is a major player in the competition for the world’s finite water supplies: 70 percent of the world’s extracted freshwater goes to crop irrigation.

For this reason, technologies to maximize irrigation efficiency—increasing the “crop per drop” of irrigated water—are among the top tools promoted to improve food and nutrition security while protecting vulnerable natural resources.

Photo credit: Melissa Cooperman/IFPRI