By National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, Laura Holliday
This record incorporates a choice of papers from a workshop---Strengthening Science-Based Decision-Making for Sustainable administration of Scarce Water assets for Agricultural construction, held in Tunisia. contributors, together with scientists, selection makers, representatives of non-profit companies, and a farmer, got here from the USA and a number of other international locations in North Africa and the center East. The papers tested constraints to agricultural creation because it pertains to water shortage; concentrating on 1) the kingdom of the technological know-how concerning water administration for agricultural reasons within the center East and North Africa 2) how technology might be utilized to higher deal with present water provides to optimize the household creation of nutrients and fiber. The cross-cutting issues of the workshop have been the weather or ideas of science-based determination making, the function of the clinical group in making sure that technological know-how is an essential component of the choice making strategy, and how one can increase communications among scientists and determination makers.
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