Water is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, especially for agriculture. The sustainable management of water is crucial to ensuring that agriculture can deliver nutritious, affordable food, grown on thriving farms. This Challenge Area sustainably increases water availability and water efficiency for agricultural use, reduces agricultural water pollution and develops water reuse technologies using a coordinated landscape approach.

FFAR supports water research on:

  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • On-farm water reuse and recycling
  • Ground water recharge
  • Diversification of agricultural water systems
  • Sustainable improvements to agricultural water productivity

FFAR’s Sustainable Water Management Challenge area focuses on identifying research that contributes to understanding and reducing water scarcity, while addressing the social and economic realities that challenge farmers, ranchers, private businesses and other stakeholders in meeting the demand for increased productivity. This work further examines emerging research opportunities to diversify production systems for climate-resilience and water conservation, as well as innovative practices to improve water efficiency from crop to livestock production.

Download FFAR’s Water Vision Statement for more information.

Sustainable Water Management Consortium

Irrigation Innovation Consortium

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium is a joint initiative between private, public and university organizations addressing growing water scarcity in the western U.S. and worldwide. This partnership capitalizes on existing strengths to develop powerful synergies between the universities, USDA-ARS, the Irrigation Association, the Irrigation Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research(FFAR) and numerous irrigation equipment manufacturers.


LaKisha Odom