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49 - AFLC - Agriculture, Fishery and Livestock

AFLC 107B - Irrigation Systems, Participatory Water Management and Agriculture Technologies ( 10 Days)

Code Start Date Duration Venue
AFLC 107B 25 September 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 107B 20 November 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 107B 11 December 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

This unique course covers the concepts of participatory water management, water harvesting, irrigation systems and latest technologies in agriculture. Participants will be introduced to Irrigation system elements and methods and the importance of implementing participatory water management to achieve the best level of agricultural production using different methods and technologies. Also to improve their knowledge of the recent technological advances in the areas of biotechnology, sensor-based irrigation, information management, precision agriculture and remote-sensing technologies. Practical sight-visit to associations related to course subject is included in the program.

Course Objectives

  • Creating awareness of the necessity of Participatory Irrigation Management benefits
  • Analyzing water harvesting system intent, usage, design and installation
  • Developing an irrigation system schedule
  • Identifying, investigating and repairing typical problems with common irrigation system components
  • Familiarizing with the recent technological advances used for agriculture 
  • Increasing land and water productivity
  • Learning about high efficiency irrigation systems 
  • Producing well-formed technical reports and present them 

Who Should Attend?

  • Agricultural engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Agricultural practitioners
  • Rural Development practitioners
  • Researchers,
  • Interventionists
  • Facilitators

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction to participatory water management
  • Water planning and management for the 21st century
  • Water management complexity
  • Problem statement
  • Underlying hypothesis
  • Decision-aiding for water planning and management
  • Intervention research and participatory process evaluation
  • Introduction to the intervention cases

Day 2

  • Flood and drought risk management 
  • Participatory modelling process implementation
  • Intervention case analysis, extension and discussion
  • Model and protocol validation
  • Water harvesting overview 
  • Legislation surrounding water harvesting 
  • Health & Safety, installation and commissioning
  • Rainwater Harvesting calculations and sizing
  • Systems & Components

Day 3

  • Water Quality Standards and their categories
  • Irrigation relevance for agricultural production
  • Irrigation system elements and methods 
  • Irrigation planning, data needs and system design
  • Potential and actual evapotranspiration
  • Evapotranspiration measurements (instrumentation), direct & indirect methods
  • Crop evapotranspiration estimation
  • Irrigation System Hydraulics

Day 4

  • Irrigation System Components & Installation Techniques
  • Backflow Prevention Devices
  • Water Supply Information
  • Pipe, Fittings and Valves
  • Emission Components
  • Controllers & Electrical System
  • Pre-Construction
  • Equipment
  • Flushing and Testing
  • Site Information
  • Common Troubleshooting Scenarios

Day 5

  • Economic benefits of integrating agricultural technology advances
  • Fertilizer and nutrient use efficiency in agricultural production
  • Nutrient management using precision agriculture and remote sensing technologies
  • Overview of advances in water management in agricultural production
  • Sensor-based irrigation management
  • Precision agriculture involving nutrient and water spatial and temporal variability management
  • Information management and agricultural extension services
  • Strategic planning and risk management in times of uncertainty
  • Biotechnology and advances for crop improvement
  • Managing natural resources and environment under changing climatic conditions
  • Advances in sustainable, environmentally-safe use of bio-engineered agriculture

Day 6

  • Land and water productivity
  • Comparative performance indicators
  • Internal process assessment
  • Water allocation and distribution rules
  • Data collection methodology 
  • Assessments of key small-scale irrigation technologies
  • Domestic rainwater harvesting interventions 
  • Livestock water productivity

Day 7

  • High efficiency irrigation systems design
  • Pros & cons of different irrigation systems
  • Watering by the numbers
  • Water-wise lawn watering
  • Water-wise landscape watering

Day 8

  • Drip irrigation design
  • Drip irrigation emitters
  • Drip emitter spacing
  • Drip irrigation valves
  • Irrigation backflow preventers
  • Sprinkler system planning
  • Sprinkler system overview
  • Selecting sprinklers
  • Watering guideline

Day 9

  • Site visit 

Day 10

  • Technical report writing
  • Technical report strategy
  • Structuring the framework
  • The specific elements of technical writing
  • Structure a technical presentation to gain maximum effect
  • Develop a formalized presentation
  • Effective presentation skills