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Water – as a component of an agroecosystem – is essential for agriculture as it represents one of the limiting
production factors in many parts of the world.
Water fills a number of important roles:
However, food production remains one of the most water-consuming human activities as agriculture accounts for 70% of total water use.
As water is the “lifeblood” of agriculture, improved soil water management is critical for sustainable food production. Sustainable agricultural water management is one of the principles on which agroecology bases its foundations. Water management in agroecology refers to sustainable use of on-farm water resources by managing the soil-water system through the optimized use of water sources: rainfall water and irrigation as well as through the reduction of water losses (for example through runoff and evapotranspiration).
"THE GREAT CHALLENGE FOR AGRICULTURE IN THE FUTURE WILL BE INCREASING FOOD PRODUCTION WITH LESS WATER"
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