The Nuffic TMT training on ‘Climate smart irrigation strategies to improve salinity control and enhance agricultural production in Iraq’, provided by FutureWater and Wageningen University, in collaboration with Basra University has been completed successfully.

The training, using the FutureWater Moodle School, was aimed at building capacity of participants in accessing and using innovative public-domain data, tools, and models to analyse water resources to support climate-smart irrigation strategies. Structured in three training modules, the training was tailored to different tools for gaining insight into salinity issues, improving salinity control, and enhancing agricultural production in Iraq: 

  1. Google Earth Engine: Geospatial mapping for water resources and agricultural applications using remote sensing and cloud computing  
  2. SWAP modeling: Soil-water-plant modelling to determine optimal irrigation water allocations to control water tables and soil salinity  
  3. ReWas toolbox: Crop water productivity options to achieve real water savings in irrigated agriculture. 

We look back on a productive training that contributed to strengthening the collaboration and vibrant partnerships between Dutch and Iraqi institutions in the fields of water management, agriculture, and education!