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Quantifying the impact of WRC-funded research in irrigation scheduling
Expanded Title:It is widely accepted that expenditure on the development of science and technology (S&T) through research and development (R&D) is essential for change at farm and industry levels that impact on productivity. The question is how successful is the S&T type of research and development replicated at the societal scale? It is one thing to develop a technology in a laboratory, quite another to replicate the experiment at societal level. Walsh & Remington (2008) refer to this as “bringing it to scale”. The WRC has invested substantially into the developing, fine tuning and adoption of various irrigation scheduling methods like PUTU, BEWAB, SWB, SAPWAT, MyCaneSim, the Wetting Front Detector and ACRU as an agro hydrological model. If the challenge of the WRC is to enhance innovative irrigation management technology, what is the impact of this research on the industry in terms of social, economic, environmental and health indicators? How effective was the uptake of these innovations by the irrigation industry and how does it impact on the opportunities of the users? These questions, which should be at the heart of every professional scientist involved in water management, need to be answered.
Date Published:01/08/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Agricultural Water - Small holder irrigation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 318/13
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0466-3
Authors:Stevens JB; van Heerden PS
Project No:K8/918
Originator:WRC
Organizations:University of Pretoria
Document Size:1 129 KB
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