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Adaptive strategies of on-farm water management under water supply constraints in south-eastern Spain


  • Martínez-Alvarez, V.
  • García-Bastida, P.A.
  • Martin-Gorriz, B.
  • Soto-García, M.


The study analyses the effect of irrigation water constraints on-farm management in the Campo de Cartagena Irrigation District (south-eastern Spain), which is characterised by a semi-arid climate with a marked structural water deficit. The methodology applied was the comparative assessment of management indicators during two periods with very differing water availability. A set of performance indicators was selected and calculated to assess the effects on on-farm water management and productivity.

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  • Martínez-Alvarez, V. & García-Bastida, P.A. & Martin-Gorriz, B. & Soto-García, M., 2014. "Adaptive strategies of on-farm water management under water supply constraints in south-eastern Spain," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 136(C), pages 59-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agiwat:v:136:y:2014:i:c:p:59-67
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.01.010

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