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IWA 20 reviews drip irrigation in comparison to major irrigation methods available and practiced today by farmers worldwide. This document reviews the benefits of drip irrigation, such as increased yield, reduced water consumption, reduced energy consumption, lower environmental impact, reduced contamination of groundwater and surface water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced labour. This document also reviews some of the limitations of drip irrigation. This document does not provide a technical specification for the implementation of drip irrigation. The qualities of drip irrigation referred to in this document apply to systems manufactured in accordance with ISO 9261 or equivalent standard. This document is intended to be used by agricultural policymakers, infrastructure providers, water supply regulatory bodies and authorities, and food chain and farmer cooperatives interested in developing agricultural policies to preserve natural resources and funds. This document is also intended to be used by farmers and smallholders interested in applying an economic agricultural method.
||Understanding and applying drip irrigation for sustainable agriculture