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More crop per drop
Trade Insight, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2017
By Veena Vidyadharan
Water-saving technology in rice production would be an
effi cient method to keep the South Asian underground water
table at a safe level.
Growing population, increasing urbanization and shrinking
renewable freshwater resources have become crucial concerns
for South Asia in its combat against food insecurity. “More
crop per drop” is the new mantra to achieve sustainable food
production in the region.
Climate change, characterized mainly by increasing mean
temperature and unfavourable weather patterns with recurring
spells of droughts and fl oods, has made those concerns even
more serious. The primarily agrarian economy of South Asian
countries is highly dependent on monsoons, which have become
erratic in the last two decades.
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