Research AreasClimate Change, Crops, Land Management, Soils, Water Management
TimelineStart Date: 5 December 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2012
With the goal of better livelihoods through improved and sustainable use of available water and soil resources in central and southern Iraq, the proposed project aims to assess
the drivers of salt distribution and soil and irrigation water salinity at different scales, and develop methodologies for salinity control and productivity enhancement.
There are four project objectives:
1) Develop a robust conceptualization of salinization processes in central and
southern Iraq based on information available on salinization at field and basin level
and quantify salt and water fluxes and areas affected by salinity;
2)Determine appropriate strategic approaches to manage salinity that suit local
environmental and socio-economic conditions;
3)Assessment of key productivity limitations and opportunities to wheat-based
irrigated agricultural systems;
4)Develop investment options for ongoing salinity management in Iraq.