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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1971-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1971-2016
Research article
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17 May 2016
Research article |  | 17 May 2016

Crop-specific seasonal estimates of irrigation-water demand in South Asia

Hester Biemans, Christian Siderius, Ashok Mishra, and Bashir Ahmad

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This study presents crop-specific seasonal estimates of irrigation-water demand in South Asia resulting from the typical practice of multiple cropping. We show that crop irrigation-water demand differs sharply between seasons and regions; in Pakistan, winter and summer irrigation demands are almost equal, whereas in Bangladesh the demand in winter is much higher. Insight in where and when sufficient irrigation water supply is critical to sustain food production, is essential to plan adaptation.