Managing water scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems

Giovanni Quaranta (Medes Foundation – Italy) presenting a  poster on SHui project at the IX International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops, held in Matera (Italy) 17-20 June 2019.

The poster: Soil Hydrology research platform underpinning innovation to manage water scarcity in European & Chinese cropping systems,  authored by Elke Plaas (University of Goettingen) , Giovanni Quaranta, Rosanna Salvia (Medes Foundation), Fening Zhong (NAU – China), Ana Sanchez-Montero – Josè Gomez and Weifeng Xu on behalf of the Shui team, illustrated the SHUI project activities, particularly the ones carried out by the economic team were discussed. Through the coordination of a trans-disciplinary stakeholder approach on a farm and regional scale, the economic team is going to:

  • Supplement technological and irrigation related scientific findings with the economic, environmental and social (including gender) dimensions, enhancing sustainable development.
  • Evaluate and construct an adapted cost-benefit analysis of best management on-farm strategies developed within the project
  • Develop an efficient strategic framework for regional and local allocation of soil and water resources under specific cropping systems including the impact on selected ecosystem services
  • Coordinate and disseminate economic analyses for policy makers and land users using participatory approaches



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