Anton Urfels

Anton Urfels
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Water Resources Management group

Master of Science

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Irrigation-led farming system intensification and efficient use of ground and surface water resources are currently being championed as a crucial ingredients for achieving food security and reducing poverty in Nepal. The potential scope and sustainability of irrigation interventions under current and future climates however remains poorly understoo...
Technical Report
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This report assesses the current state of Nepal’s irrigation sector and presents a sustainable and inclusive farmer-led irrigation development framework, that was co-created with key stakeholders to ensure that recommendations are in line with local development priorities. In brief, the report suggests that a re-orientation in the irrigation sect...
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This study assessed the impact of climate change and management scenarios, on surface and groundwater resources and crop production in Nepal. Irrigation-led intensification is currently being championed as a crucial pillar for achieving food security and poverty in Nepal. But the payoffs and sustainability of this development strategy under future...
Preprint
Insufficient irrigation with existing water resources constitutes a major reason for low agricultural productivity levels in Nepal. Since large irrigation projects are costly and often prove difficult to manage, small and farmer-led irrigation practices are critical for improving agricultural productivity and profitability. However, the potential i...
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Intensification of groundwater irrigation is central to goals of improving food security and reducing chronic poverty faced by millions of rural households across the eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains (EIGP) of Nepal and parts of eastern India. At present, levels of groundwater use and access in the EIGP lag far behind other areas of South Asia despite...
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With economies heavily dependent on agriculture, South Asia is the world's most poverty-dense region. Nepal—a country of considerable geographic variability ranging from population-dense low-elevation Terai region to the sparsely inhabited, poorly accessible Himalayan hills and mountains—has enormous environmental and socio-economic challenges to a...
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This research is part of a larger effort to develop a framework for sustainable irrigation development in the FtF-ZoI considering biophysical issues as well as socioeconomic, policy, and institutional concerns, complemented by futuristic scenario modeling of irrigation development options. This document, therefore, informs these efforts and provide...
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Timely crop planting is a foundation for climate-resilient rice-wheat systems of the Eastern Gangetic Plains-a global food insecurity and poverty hotspot. We hypothesize that the capacity of individual farmers to plant on time varies considerably, shaped by multifaceted enabling factors and constraints that are poorly understood. To address this kn...
Technical Report
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This study has the goal of assessing prospects for planned CU and potential strategies for to realize it in the FtF-ZoI districts (Terai only) located in the Western Nepal. Three specific objectives to achieve the goal are – i) To assess current and future water availability, ii) To evaluate current and future water demands, and iii) To assess pro...
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Most rice farmers in Nepal’s Terai region do not fully utilize irrigation during breaks in monsoon rainfall. This leads to yield losses despite abundant groundwater resources and ongoing expansion of diesel pumps and tubewell infrastructure. We investigate this puzzle by characterizing delay factors governing tubewell irrigation across wealth and p...

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