The Agricultural Water Management program focuses on development as well as management and adaptation of land and water resources for different types of land use, with a main focus on the land use for agriculture.
Population growth is particularly high in emerging and developing countries. This means that these countries have an additional challenge in meeting the Millennium Development Goal of food security. They can overcome this challenge by increasing production in their own region, combined with increased import of food, where possible. Research estimates that in the coming decades about 80-90% of the required increase will need to be realised on existing cultivated land, and about 10-20% on newly reclaimed land.
For sustainable rural development, socio-economic and environmental aspects play crucial roles. It is also imperative that the modernisation of existing water management systems, including management transfers, remains a continued process. Increased vulnerability of agriculture is due to flooding caused partly by the impacts of climate change, land subsidence and the escalating value of land because of the requirement of higher yields per hectare. This necessitates the agricultural water management in such areas to be integrated with flood management and flood protection provisions. This Joint Double Degree programme focuses on these issues.
Watershed Hydrology; Hydrodynamics; Irrigation and Drainage Engineering; Integrated Water Resources Management; Water Management Systems and Agronomy I; Water Management Systems and Agronomy II; Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage; Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems; Conveyance Systems; Irrigation and Drainage Structures.
Formulation of different scenarios (alternatives) for Agricultural water management, including irrigation and drainage infrastructure and flood protection for clearly defined service levels; evaluation of the alternatives on technical, social, financial and economic, managerial and environmental aspects; designing and conducting research in the field of the agricultural water management.