Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Water Resource Management in Agriculture for Achieving Food and Water Security Under Climate Change in Asia

Asian Development Bank Institute and International Journal of Water Resources Development

According to the Asian Development Bank, 80% of water resources are used for agricultural irrigation in Asia and the Pacific. Water scarcity due to climate change and increasing demand for water from other economic sectors threatens to limit agricultural capacity to ensure food security unless water management in agriculture is improved. This includes optimizing water allocation in agriculture via proper water pricing while enhancing water use efficiency through better irrigation technology and practices and environmental regulation. It also involves other considerations such as the social behavior of farming communities, economic constraints, and legal and institutional frameworks. 

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking original, unpublished papers on water management policy in agriculture for achieving food and water security under climate change in Asia. The focus is on addressing policy gaps required to address associated institutional, socioeconomic, and financial constraints. Selected papers will be featured during an ADBI conference in October 2022 that will bring together agricultural and water ministries, farming organizations, and policy researchers. They will also be considered for inclusion and open access in a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Water resource management challenges in agriculture and its impacts on food security under climate change 
  • Alternative water management practices relevant for water-scarce and water-abundant agricultural settings   
  • The role of agricultural technologies in enhancing water use efficiency in agriculture and the potential for upscaling water saving technologies
  • Systematic reconsideration of water management in agriculture through technologies and policy 
  • Technological and institutional developments that contribute to food and water security, including improved water management technology in agriculture
  • The implications of water management in agriculture from demand- and supply-side perspectives 
  • Economic instruments’ potential to improve water management, especially in the case of groundwater use for irrigation  
  • Educating and engaging multiple stakeholders to improve water use efficiency in agriculture through appropriate management in water delivery systems, technology, and policy

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit full manuscripts of no more than 8,000 words, including an unstructured 100 word abstract, via this link by 30 August 2022. 

Manuscripts should follow the authors’ guidelines of the International Journal of Water Resources Development (IJWRD). 

Manuscripts will be selected for the conference by the guest editors of the IJWRD special issue. Selected papers will be submitted for possible publication in the special issue upon approval from the guest editors and will go through a standard journal review process.

Guest Editors

  • Dil Rahut, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Jeetendra P Aryal, Independent Consultant, ADBI
  • Tetsushi Sonobe, Dean, ADBI


Inquiries may be directed to Dil Rahut [email protected] and Panharoth Chhay: [email protected]