A 5-day workshop on ‘AquaCrop modelling’ was held from the 7th to 12th of October 2012, introducing AquaCrop, a crop water productivity model, to local actors from both research organisations and public bodies. The workshop was part of a Norwegian-Bangladeshi cooperation project named “Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation - Sustaining rice production in Bangladesh (RiceClima)” and was taught by the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (BioForsk). The Workshop was attended by field level officials from Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), who are both partners in the RiceClima project. In addition, the workshop was attended by representatives of the Bangladeshi Department of Agricultural Extension, making the total number of participants 25.
AquaCrop is a crop water productivity model developed by the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which is supported by well elaborated software. It simulates yield response to water of herbaceous crops, and is particularly suited to address conditions where water is a key limiting factor in crop production.
AquaCrop is mainly intended for practitioners such as those working for extension services, governmental agencies, NGOs, and various kinds of farmers associations. It is also of interest to scientists and for teaching purposes, as a training and education tool related to the role of water in determining crop productivity.
Training in the use of the AquaCrop model is an integral part of the RiceClima project, which aims to contribute to the development of an integrated adaptation framework in order to sustain and improve the rice production under different climate change scenarios in Bangladesh. The project is sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, which was represented at the seminar by Deputy Head of Mission Arne Haug.