This session has a crop / cropping system perspective and focuses on avenues to increase return on limited water. It includes dual purpose crops aspects where crop output is also fodder or ecosystemic services and adds to economic return.
It goes beyond WUE/TE and also includes crop water foot print considerations in farming systems. It includes presentations on any agronomic practices, like crop association, soil mulching / conservation agriculture, crop choice (species, genotypes), that could increase WUE not only of one cropping cycle but of the entire crop/farming system over time. It touches on crop/farming system intensification aspects, which are currently a topic of interest in small holder farming but raises issues = how to intensify in a drought context and in a sustainable way.