Current crop production could be achieved with 30 per cent less use of agricultural water, according to the findings of new research.
An analysis on water and food security in Jordan indicated that there is potential for policies that reduce agricultural water needs, while still maintaining current levels of crop production.
The research is part of a project funded by the British Council and led by researchers at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, in partnership with the WANA Institute and EcoPeace.
The report said that while Jordan has already demonstrated considerable gains in agricultural water productivity, there is potential for further progress.
Focusing on ways to increase water productivity in the Kingdom, the research studied how other countries managed to increase their agricultural production without putting too much pressure on water resources, while exploring the potential for these methods to be applied in Jordan and Palestine.
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