Water and Agriculture

Sustainability, Markets and Policies

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Agriculture is a major user of water and is responsible for much of its pollution. But the agricultural sector faces increasing competition for scarce water supplies from urban and industrial users and, increasingly, to sustain ecosystems.  This conference proceedings explores how both governments and the private sector can expand the role of markets to allocate water used by all sectors and to get agricultural producers to account for the pollution that their sector generates.



Can Water Allocation Buy-back Schemes be Equitable for Impacted Communities?

Some communities are being impacted by reductions in the access to water resources through market place water trade or through statutory water planning processes. This is often complicated by emotional issues as water moves from agriculture to the industrial or urban sectors or to the environment. Popular wisdom suggests that structural adjustment will occur if water allocations are purchased, and while this might adequately compensate the holder of the water licence, does it adequately deal with the broader community impacts?


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