Second Asian Irrigation Forum: Key Messages and Outcomes

Publication | November 2016

This publication chronicles the results of the Second Asian Irrigation Forum (AIF2) and discusses strategies and opportunities to address challenges for a more sustainable and resilient agriculture in support of food security.

Irrigation constitutes about 80% of the demand for freshwater in Asia but is riddled with strong headwinds, hindering farmers’ ability to produce food needed to feed an ever-expanding population. The gap between supply and demand for water is forecast to increase to 40% by 2030, further stressing the environment. Challenges include competing water demands for energy, industry and domestic use, rapidly expanding urban populations, limited resources, outdated system designs, institutional inefficiencies, and weak governance.

The AIF2 was held in 20-22 January 2016 at ADB to address the challenges faced by Asia’s irrigation sector, build on the gains and advancements made at the First Asian Irrigation Forum, and to take actions for a water-and food-secure region.

The forum and these proceedings have been supported by the Water Financing Partnership Facility.


  • List of Figures
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Key Messages
  • Water Security Outlook for Asia and the Pacific
  • Second Asian Irrigation Forum: At a Glance
  • Rethinking Irrigation for Asia and the Pacific: Key Findings
  • Accelerating the Course of Change
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Agricultural and food productivity
  • Water
  • RPT168511-2
  • 978-92-9257-641-7 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-642-4 (e-ISBN)

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