Seed fund
USD 30.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 139.373
Execution time
6 Months
Total Amount:
USD 169.373
Participating countries:
Chile Chile Argentina Argentina Spain Spain Colombia Colombia Israel Israel United States United States Uruguay Uruguay
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 18% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 82%

Executive Summary

Producing more food for a growing population, the increase in competition for water resources among economic sectors, and the effects of climate change on agriculture, represent a future with greater restrictions on the availability of water in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries.

Faced with this complex outlook, progress in knowledge for irrigation management and technological developments in recent decades, represent a path to improving water use efficiency and agricultural productivity.

To effectively address these these challenges, researchers specializing in irrigation of the main agricultural institutions of FONTAGRO LAC countries, established an international network called the Platform for Irrigation Management for Agriculture 2030-2050, led by INIA (Chile), INTA (Argentina), INIA (Uruguay), INIA (Spain) and the CSIC (Spain), in partnership with public and private agencies. This Platform will execute actions aimed at the modernization of technological tools for the efficient use of water resources in agriculture.

The Platform is presenting a Consensual Project to the funding body FONTAGRO, which includes initiatives in four countries in Latin America (Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay) and Spain. Technological pilots studies will be implemented in these countries for the validation and transfer of new technologies. The general objective of the project is to evaluate and transfer a wide range of new technologies to end users, using R + D + I alliances between research centers and private agencies, thereby reducing existing technological gaps in irrigation management.

The technological solutions to be implemented in the pilots will be varied and at different scales. An emphasis will be placed on robust technologies that, in the long term, lay the foundations for precision agriculture. 

The technological solution

- Defining the irrigation needs of crops.

- Monitoring crop development.

- Monitoring the internal water status of crops.

- Monitoring soil water availability.

- Modeling soil water balance

- Modeling of water supply and demand in pilot regions

- Registration and control of water resources at regional scales and irrigation at the farm scale.


I. Establishment of cooperation links between participating researchers and the creation of the "Platform for Water Management in Agriculture 2030-2050".

II. Preparation of a Consensus Project that addresses new technologies for water resource management.

ill. The proposed scales of monitoring and analysis of water resources in the Consensus Project will include both the regional scale (basins) and the intra-farm irrigation scale.

IV. Technologies will be selected based on defining crop water needs, water supply definition, agronomic productivity of water, technological monitoring of water quality, monitoring water distribution, and establishing decision-making strategies based on the generated information.


Direct and indirect beneficiaries will include: farmers, professionals, advisors, transferees, who will be trained in the use of new technologies for irrigation. Likewise, the R+D+i groups of regional public institutions, particularly (but not exclusively) those of the INIA System of Latin America Countries. Companies that produce, install and exploit new technologies to optimize water use in regional agriculture. Regional national governments which will be associated with the network, so that they can update their policies, introduce/adopt technologies, incentives and investments in light of the problems and solutions analyzed within the network. Irrigators and their institutions, who will be involved in the network from the beginning, sharing their challenges and solutions with the rest of the project participants from other countries in the region.

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) - España
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) - España
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca (MAGyP) - Argentina
  • Centro Regional del Agua para Zonas Áridas y Semiáridas de América Latina y el Caribe (CAZALC) - Chile
  • Corporación Regional de Desarrollo Productivo Región de Coquimbo (CRDP) - Chile
  • Universidad Nacional de San Juan (UNSJ) - Argentina
  • Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha (UCLM) - España
  • Universidad de Concepción (UDEC CL) - Chile
  • Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Fund (DWFGIF) - Estados Unidos
  • Consejo Nacional de Innovación para el Desarrollo (CNID) - Chile
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) - Colombia
  • Universidad de Talca (UTALCA) - Chile
  • Dirección General de Irrigación de Argentina (DGI) - Argentina
  • AAPRESID - Argentina
  • Morpho Latinoamérica (MORPHOLA) - Chile
  • SupPlant (SupPlant)
  • Corporación de Servicios y Soluciones Integrales de Colombia (CORPOCOL) - Colombia
  • Agrisat Iberia S.L. (AGRISAT) - España
  • Empresa de Transformación Agraria, S.A. (TRAGSA) - España
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) - Chile

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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)