Topic outline

This course focuses on water management and its critical role in climate-smart agriculture. It analyses the impacts of climate change on the availability of freshwater resources for agriculture and considers possible water management options for adaptation to climate change and for climate change mitigation.


This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective, but is written for the general public. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers
  • Development practitioners and programme managers
  • Sectoral specialists and academics
  • Trainers and extension agents

  • The current status, trends and challenges in water resources management
  • The impacts of climate change on water resources for agriculture
  • The main water management options for climate change adaptation
  • Tools and approaches for preparing water management responses to climate change in agriculture
  • Measures pertaining to water management to mitigate GHG emissions in agriculture

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Water management
  • Lesson 2 – Water management options for improving adaptation and building resilience to climate change
  • Lesson 3 – Water management and climate change mitigations

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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