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Education and Research in a Horticultural Irrigation Project in El Salvador

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 21-24 February 2010, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica  701P0210cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.36511)
Authors:   Jeffrey Jones, Jan Boll, Erin Brooks

In September 2008 a government financed project was initiated to increase water availability for vegetable production in Chalatenango, El Salvador. CATIE (Centro Agronmico Tropical de Investigacin y Enseanza, Turrialba, Costa Rica) and the University of Idaho (Moscow) teamed up for a multi-level educational effort to train local technicians and farmers in water management, and to support undergraduate and graduate student experiences in water management in developing countries. The project objective was to increase farmer incomes through crop area expansion, where water availability had been the limiting factor in vegetable acreage. University students were tasked with the introduction of monitoring techniques, and implementation of tools for the evaluation of water use efficiency. They were also exposed to field level problems of achieving and evaluating efficiency. Farmers and technicians were provided with water monitoring techniques, and tools for evaluating irrigation efficiency. Many of these techniques were developed for use on computers, and innovations were necessary to make these available to farming areas where computers were not generally available.

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