Trends in Land & Water Management in Precision Agriculture in the UK and Overseas
Due to COVID, we’ve decided to replace our usual November meeting with two online meetings around agricultural land and water management
Irrigation and Water Resources
Meeting one in our two part series: 13th November, 3pm to 5pm – online
With the world’s population predicted to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and around 11 billion by 2100, precision agriculture is seen by some as representing a third agricultural revolution, able to significantly raise the productivity of food production.
Precision agriculture is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops. Variable rate technology including seeders, sprayers, etc. is used to optimally distribute resources with the aim of optimising returns on inputs while reducing the negative impacts of farming on the environment that come from over-application of chemicals or water.
The first session, on Friday 13 November, will discuss examples of the use of precision methods in irrigation and water resources management.
Our speakers for will include two Prof. Jerry Knox and Dr Toby Waine from Cranfield University as well as Mr. Jamie Hannaford from CEH.
Agritechnology and Economics
Meeting two in our two part series: 20th November, 3pm to 5pm – online
In the second session on Friday 20 November, talks will be given on the technology used in precision agriculture, the economics of precision water management in the UK and in tropical countries, and technical and social innovations to improve precision agricultural water management in different agricultural systems for smallholders in developing countries.
Our speakers will include Prof. James Lowenberg-DeBoer of Harper Adams University, Dr Petra Schmitter of IWMI and Prof. Simon Pearson from the University of Lincoln.
Both meetings will be held jointly with the Tropical Agriculture Association.
Spring 2021 Meeting
February 2021, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London – and online
Programme to be announced.
Gerald Lacey Lecture 2021: Water, Food Security and the Global Goals
Originally planned for as our 2020 Gerald Lacey Lecture, but postponed to May 2021
Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London – and online
UN-Water reports that one-fifth of the world’s population currently live in areas of water scarcity while two thirds experience water scarcity for at least one month a year. All economic sectors use this resource, which is vital for life on our planet and for our planet’s ecosystems. The competition for water is on the rise, driven by demographics, economic growth, and changing lifestyles and diets, all further stressed by climate change. With this in the background, we estimate a 50% increase in global food demand by 2050.
The global community has made commitments and established targets towards securing water for all and ending hunger, as part of an interconnected set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A few months ago, the SDG Summit held at the UN headquarters in New York concluded that the world was off track in achieving the SDGs, including the targets of SDG2 ‘zero hunger’ and SDG6 ‘water and sanitation for all’. An action decade is now in effect and acceleration frameworks and actions are being announced.
The speaker will illustrate the linkages between the key goals, provide examples from combined outcome of these linkages on selected scenarios towards food security, and what the accelerators for water may look like.
About the Speaker
Our 2021 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be delivered by Mr. Olcay Unver. Olcay is the Deputy-Director of the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since September 2013 and UN-Water Vice-Chair since August 2018.
Between 2007 and 2013, he served as Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. Prior to that, he was a distinguished professor of water resources at Kent State University, Ohio, USA, and President of the GAP project in Turkey.
Mr. Ünver holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (water resources planning and management) from the University of Texas, Austin and a Masters (hydraulics) and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Mekong River Basin
November 2021, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London – and online
Originally planned as our November 2020 meeting, we have decided to postpone this meeting until 2021 to allow us to hold it as a physical meeting. More details to follow.