How Water Improves Agriculture

Thu 26 August 2021, 5-6:30pm AEST

As increased and concentrated food production, drought, famine and related equity concerns begin to play a more advanced role in our public discussion, it is important to focus on the role the water can play in helping to address humanity’s need to eat.

The speakers in this 90-minute webinar will discuss improved water-use efficiency in open cropping, protected cropping and precinct planning, with a focus on the Oceania region.

The webinar is a collaboration between the International Water Resources Association, the IWRA Oceania regional chapter, the UNSW Global Water Institute and the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre.

Topics for discussion

The webinar will cover the following topics:

• Improved water use efficiency through demand-driven irrigation;
• Next-generation protected cropping facilities: a survey of global innovation trends and R&D opportunities; and
• Australian agrifood hubs, industry cluster and precinct approaches.

Webinar line-up

The webinar will be presented by Nevena Bakalar, Events Officer for the International Water Resources Association. It will be moderated by Professor Greg Leslie from the UNSW Global Water Institute at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

The panellists are:

  • David Eyre, CEO, Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre; and
  • Valeria Lima, Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Bunbury, Western Australia; and
  • Greg Leslie, Director, UNSW Global Water Institute.


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More about IWRA webinars

IWRA webinars are designed to help the organisation’s members, as well as academics, dedicated practitioners and policy professionals, to further explore these and other timely themes.  They promote fruitful discussions aligned with the international water agenda and in close collaboration with key partners.