Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics (AgWIT)

Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics (AgWIT)

Project Lead

Mark Johnson, Associate Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, ERA-NET, Water Joint Programming Initiative for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects


About the Project

The Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics (AgWIT) partnership will test strategies to lower agricultural impacts on water resources while improving the resiliency of tropical agricultural systems to climate change. AgWIT will use a unique network of tropical agricultural water observatories to quantify water footprints and carbon footprints for crops under standard and alternative management practices. AgWIT will test alternative management practices with the goal of increasing agricultural water use efficiency, enhancing soil carbon sequestration, and improving the water quality of tropical agricultural systems. AgWIT will then assess water management decision pathways for rainfed and irrigated crops under current and future climatic conditions.

External Links and Publications

Lathuillière, M.J., M.T. Coe, A. Castanho, J. Graesser and M.S. Johnson (2018). Evaluating Water use for Agricultural Intensification in Southern Amazonia using the Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment. Water 10: 349. doi:10.3390/w10040349