Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture


Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Global,National
Country or countries covered
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

While the assessment is global in scope, it focuses on developing countries where water for food is critical for supporting livelihoods and ensuring the survival of societies and individuals.

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

To address how water for food can be developed and managed to:

  • Help end poverty and hunger.

  • Ensure environmentally sustainable water-agriculture practices.

  • Find the balance between food and environmental security.

Mandate for the assessment

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

Combination of MA, IPCC, IAASTD

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

The Assessment synthesis report is developed along the lines of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports, and has formal linkages with the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development.

System(s) assessed

  • Inland water
  • Cultivated/Agricultural land

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Timber/fibres
  • Energy/fuel


  • Climate regulation
  • Regulation of water flows
  • Regulation of water quality
  • Pest and disease control

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Nutrient cycling
  • Soil formation and fertility

Cultural Services

  • Recreation and tourism

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

One off

Assessment outputs


Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process


Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

The CAWMA supports capacity building of all involved in the process through hands-on experience and knowledge sharing. Additionally, the CAWMA has supported 11 Ph.D., 16 M.Sc. students and 4 intern students focusing on water, food, and environment issues.

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information