Irrigated agriculture: more than ‘big water’ and ‘accountants will [not] save the world’

Lankford, Bruce A. (2022) Irrigated agriculture: more than ‘big water’ and ‘accountants will [not] save the world’. Water International, 47 (7). pp. 1155-1164. ISSN 0250-8060

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Abstract

Two of Tony Allan’s phrases – big water and accountants will save the world – invite me to argue that irrigation is poorly served when its hydrology is seen solely as big or via accounts. While big applies because irrigated areas deplete considerable volumes of water, irrigation systems contain many more water relations, behaviours and puzzles. In this problematic, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and water accountants and accounts will become a dominant force. This is worrying for the degree to which individual irrigation systems are rendered into catchment-level accounting abstractions, removing us from a more vital, multidisciplinary, cross-scale and action-oriented approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate accounting,environmental,food water,hydrology,irrigation efficiency,social and governance (esg),water science and technology,management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 03:55
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 03:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90094
DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2022.2088650

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