Agricultural management systems and technologies

Irrigation and water management

Upgrading aging irrigation system will be a win for farmers and govt

Myanmar’s food future hinges on ensuring access to water, especially in times of worsening drought. This is especially true in the central dry zone – the country’s most water-stressed region.  Rainfall is often highly erratic, and many areas have been seeing less and less in recent years. ...

Petra Schmitter

Harnessing Salween River: Settlement through confrontation or cooperation?

Myitsone Dam project is well known for its controversial impact on Myanmar’s political landscape, as it involves on and off pressure from China to restart the project in line with the signed contract as soon as possible. But what is less prominent is the controversy over ...

Sai Wansai

Mekong Delta provinces take steps to control saltwater intrusion

Authorities in provinces in the Mekong Delta and Can Tho city are dredging irrigation works and storing fresh water to cope with saltwater intrusion during the dry season. Saltwater intrusion is expected to be more severe this year because of low flooding levels and lower than usual rainfall during the ...

Flood Warning as China Opens Floodgates on Mekong River Dams

Villagers living near the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Thailand and Laos are finding it difficult to cope with sudden releases of water from dams upstream in China. More than 200 families living in Laos’ Bokeo province have suffered because of sudden increases in the height ...

Debt and misery stalk the delta’s salt farms

Life’s hard for the salt farming communities in the far south of Ayeyarwady Region, where services are basic, food is scarce and debt is never-ending. It’s a 90-minute motorbike journey south from the Ayeyarwady delta town of Labutta before you get the first glimpses of the ...

Kyaw Lin Htoon

Mekong Delta prepares for summer-autumn rice crop

Authorities in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have warned farmers to sow the Summer-Autumn rice crop on schedule to ensure water for irrigation and avoid diseases. In areas where there is a water shortage, rice farmers have been encouraged to switch to grow drought-resistant crops. With assistance ...

Irrigation, drought, sea level rise and more are causing salt to build up in soils around the world. What can we do?  

The water tastes salty and the rice barely grows in the coastal villages of the Ca Mau peninsula at the southern tip of Vietnam’s Mekong River delta. Thi Tran, a young woman who farms 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of rice and vegetables while her husband works ...

John Vidal

U.S., Korea pursue Mekong nation capacity building partnership

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Korean Water Corporation (K-water) are deepening their partnership for capacity building and more. Representatives from USACE and Korean Water Corporation (K-water), as well as from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the Republic of South Korea (ROK) and ...

Lower Mekong Governments and Development Partners Seek to Improve Water Data Sharing

In the Mekong region, there is a general push to strengthen water data management and ultimately make evidence-based infrastructure development and water resources management decisions. The efforts of the region’s governments and development partners will ideally help mitigate the cumulative impacts of infrastructure development on ...

Hungarian model for water management adopted for Mekong River

Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya revealed he has visited Hungary and discussed the water management cooperation with the Hungarian government which has agreed to develop five joint projects, including international river management on Danube and Mekong river basins, the management of sediments in rivers, flooding, ...

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