Drainage in Agriculture: controlling water and salt levels in the soil

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Learn how to increase food production on existing agricultural land with the use of drainage. Create the optimal growing conditions for a crop and help feed the growing world population by draining excess water and maintaining a perfect soil profile!

Content of the course
The demand for safe and healthy food is rapidly increasing. The world population is growing and is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050. How do we prepare for this and how are we going to be able to feed all these people? It is clear that the food production mainly has to come from improvements in agricultural water management on existing agricultural lands. Global climate change raises the pressure on supply and demand for water. Changing temperatures and long-term variation in annual precipitation amounts and regional distribution patterns require more ways to control water levels. In addition to the changing climate, cropping patterns are diversifying and field irrigation methods are changing. In light of all these changes in water demand, supply and use, the role of (subsurface) drainage has changed from a single-purpose measure for controlling waterlogging and/or salinity to an essential element of integrated water management under multiple land use scenarios. Join this course to advance your knowledge in drainage, drainage systems and solutions, and to help securing a sustainable food supply. In this course, you will work on different modules, apply the knowledge gained directly to your home country drainage situation. Furthermore, you will learn from other cases and learners worldwide, expanding your horizon on the global importance of drainage.

For who?
This course was developed for professionals and students from various backgrounds, especially those who are interested in agricultural water management and want to broaden their understanding of drainage planning, design, and management, and drainage-related research and training. Although specifically watermanagers and waterengineers, agricultural engineers, irrigation professionals, hydrologists, and agricultural policy makers join this course, the course is open and accessible to everyone.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to join this free online course and upgrade your knowledge on drainage for agricultural lands.

What you will learn?

  • Understand the concept of drainage and its role in agricultural water management
  • Explain physical and agro-hydrological principles underlying drainage of agricultural land
  • Make water and salt balances to calculate drainage needs
  • Formulate drainage criteria
  • Make sound estimates for drainage parameters needed to design drainage systems
  • Understand differences between steady-state and unsteady-state drainage approaches
  • Understand the need for more control in agricultural drainage management
  • Design drainage system that enable more operational control

Practical information
This free online course is organised by Wageningen University & Research.
Registration period: Tuesday 6 August 2019 until Thursday 10 October 2019
Date: Tuesday 17 September 2019 until Thursday 31 October 2019

Course materials free. A certificate can be issued after payment.

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Released on: Alumni in Food and Nutrition Security, Alumni in Water, Energy and Climate, Orange Knowledge exchange series - Southern Africa edition
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