Under conditions of water scarcity, water is often diverted from
agriculture to other water uses. However, indiscriminate reduction
in water allocation for agriculture may have far-reaching economic
and social consequences.
By bringing all sectors and all stakeholders into the decision-making
process, IWRM is able to reflect the combined “value”
of water to society as a whole in difficult decisions on water allocations.
For the agricultural sector IWRM seeks to increase water productivity
(i.e. more crop per drop) within the constraints imposed by the
economic, social and ecological context of a particular region or