Irrigation has been practised worldwide for thousands of years and irrigated agriculture is one of the biggest users of water in the world. Although irrigation systems and methods have developed through history, much improvement can still be done, especially with regards to water efficiency. Freshwater has become a depleting resource and the demand for it is only increasing. Looking ahead, climate change will cause more severe droughts and intensify pressures on water resources around the world. Humans will continue to rely on irrigation for survival, so it is critical to reduce the pressure on freshwater bodies, while still maintaining crop productivity. This is why sustainable irrigation is more than ever necessary.
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