Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series Series 10

Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security

Edited by Eline Boelee
September 2013
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    23rd September 2013
  • ISBN 9781780640884
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.75"

Water protection, food production and ecosystem health are worldwide issues. Changes in the global water cycle are affecting human wellbeing in many places, while widespread land and ecosystem degradation, driven by poor agricultural practices, is seriously limiting food production. Understanding the links between ecosystems, water, and food production is important to the health of all three, and sustainably managing these connections is becoming increasingly necessary. This book shows how sustainable ecosystems, especially agroecosystems, are essential for water management and food production.

1. Introduction
2. Drivers and Challenges for Food Security
3. Water-related Ecosystem Services and Food Security
4. Challenges to Agroecosystem Management
5. Water Use in Agroecosystems
6. Drylands
7. Wetlands
8. Increasing Water Productivity in Agriculture
9. Managing Agroecosystem Services
10. Water Management for Ecosystem Health and Food Production
11. Management of Water and Agroecosystems in Landscapes for Sustainable Food Security

Eline Boelee

Eline Boelee is a specialist on the linkages between water, health, and ecosystems. After completing a MSc in irrigation engineering in 1992, she did her PhD research on environmental control of schistosomiasis in a large irrigation system in Morocco. She joined the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in 1999 and worked as interdisciplinary researcher, managing international multi-disciplinary projects and building capacity on better planning and management of agricultural water resources to enhance health and environmental sustainability, considering issues such as multiple use water services, water storage, health impacts of water resources development, ecosystem services in agroecological landscapes, and ecology and environmental control of water-related diseases. Dr. Boelee has working experience in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Morocco, as well as in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Senegal, Egypt, Portugal and Côte d’Ivoire. In 2012 she started her own company, Water Health, based in the Netherlands.