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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable Water-Saving Irrigation Technologies for Achieving Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change in Uzbekistan (SusWEF)


Informative Summary

​SusWEF aims to provide scientific support to the introduction of water and energy-saving irrigation technologies in Uzbekistan. Embedded within the WEF (Water–Energy–Food) Nexus, this project aims to investigate interdependencies between water and energy consumption in dryland areas of Uzbekistan. Geared towards soil rehabilitation and climate adaptation, the goal is to develop methods and recommend measures for technological and economic planning of modern irrigation technologies – primarily drip and sprinkler irrigation – as well as influence policy decisions towards taking socio-economic aspects into account.

Special focus of the project is the qualification of young professionals in modern scientific methods (e.g. GIS, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), and impact assessment) and publication activity in international journals.

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), coordinator of SusWEF project, has long-term research experience on addressing issues related to water, energy, soil, and sustainable agriculture. It is well-known for its interdisciplinary group of scientists who employ theoretical as well as advanced methodological tools in analyzing natural resource use.

"Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers" National Research University ("TIIAME" NRU), the main project partner, is well-known agricultural and water-related university in Uzbekistan. "TIIAME" NRU mostly educates specialists in agriculture with focus on water and land management, hydro-melioration, environmental conservation, soil salinity, and energy management.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the project partner, is a non-profit, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in Uzbekistan as well as in other developing countries, employing innovative technologies and tools in order to improve water resources management in shared river basins in Central Asia.

SMART Innovation and Technology (SMART InnoTech) LLC, the project partner, is a newly established consulting firm that aims to implement agriculture- and water-related projects in Uzbekistan. It has an expertise in sustainable water and land management, adaptation to climate change, energy efficiency and conflict management in the area of natural resources in Uzbekistan.


Project Duration

01.09.2022 – 31.08.2024​


Funding Agency

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)​

Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovations of the Republic of Uzbekistan


Project Team

Prof. Katharina Helming​ ​

Prof. Ahmad Hamidov

Asliddin Bobocholov​


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