The table below lists a range of tools available to analyse water use management in agriculture and improve general water efficiency. To have a water management tool listed on this page, contact GreenAgri here.

 

 TOOL  DEVELOPER  TOOL OVERVIEW
Water for Sustainable Development Tool GreenCape, Western Cape Government, WRC This tool analyses how water constraints may impact on the economic prospects of municipalities within the Berg River Water Management Area. The interactive maps allow users to better understand the future of water in the economy in the Berg River Water Management Area over current, 2025, and 2040 water use projections. The tool contains interactive maps of the Berg River Water Management Area that allows users to determine the Irrigated Agriculture Water Requirements (An estimation of current and future irrigation requirements using bottom-up calculations based on local climatic conditions - climate change incorporated for future requirements-, crop types and irrigation efficiencies), the Groundwater Availability (An indication of groundwater availability that could be used to increase local water supply), the Economic and Employment Cost of Water Constraints (An economic vulnerability assessment of a municipality due to expected future water constraints), the Economic and Employment Value of Water (The value that water has in supporting municipal economies and employment), the Total Water Requirements Per Municipality, and the Urban Water Requirements.
Water Administration System (WAS) Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa The WAS is an integrated information management system for irrigation schemes that deliver water on demand through canal networks and rivers. WAS is used for water distribution management, debit accounts management and for the calculation of canal and dam operating procedures for a given downstream demand.
Mapping drought patterns and impacts: A global perspective International Water Management Institute This tool indicates global patterns and drought impacts mapping several drought-related characteristics at country level or regular grid scales. The tool covers various aspects of droughts, from global distribution of meteorological and hydrological drought risks, to social vulnerability and indices related to water infrastructure. This tool can indicate regions of agricultural water crowding and other drought-related data patterns.
Irrigated area mapping: Asia and Africa International Water Management Institute This tool maps the irrigated and rainfed areas of Asia and Africa using freely available remotely sensed data. The legend indicates areas of irrigated crop, rainfed crop, and water managed non-irrigated crop regions. This product updates the previous estimates of irrigated areas by using the MODIS satellite data. The usage of relatively higher resolution images and classification methods based on the seasonal profile of vegetation, significantly improves the results.
AQUASTAT FAO

AQUASTAT provides information related to water resources, water uses and agricultural water management, with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. AQUASTAT offers data, metadata, reports, country profiles, river basin profiles, regional analyses, maps, tables, spatial data, guidelines, and other tools on:
- Water resources: internal, transboundary
- Water uses: by sector, by source, wastewater
- Irrigation: location, area, typology, technology, crops
- Dams: location, height, capacity, surface area
- Water-related institutions, policies and legislation.
- Irrigation water use
- Climate info tool

AQUASTAT products include datasets on: Global map of irrigation areas (GMIA)

R4A Data Access Kit Rain for Africa The Rain for Africa project provides weather and climate data from stations, radars, satellites, Numerical Weather Prediction Models and other sources. The R4A Data Access Kit (DAK) provides access to all available R4A data and information sources via a web service, API (Application Programming Interface) or via an operational data feed (automated export). A selection of R4A services include:
• Agricultural Services
– Crop information
– Livestock information
– Agrometeorology information
– Disease decision support

• Weather and Climate Services
– Weather information from radar, satellite & stations
– Short and medium-term weather forecasts
– Standardised Precipitation Index
GIS Water Risk Assessment Tool        Blue North Sustainability The GIS Water Assessment Tool provides a better understanding of the potential water risks faced by South African fruit farmers within their supply chain. The GIS tool reports on a set of publically-available water and water-related parameters, where the information is displayed as user-friendly interactive “layers” on a map. A user can draw up an overall ‘water risk rating’ for each farm. Users can visually interrogate and strategically address unique water risks and opportunities and it can be used by farmers and their supply chain partners to collaborate and reduce potential water-related risks in the supply chain.
FAO Water Productivity Open-access portal (WaPOR) FAO The FAO Water Productivity Open-access portal (WaPOR) uses remote sensing technologies to monitor and report on agricultural water productivity, efficiency and measured evapotranspiration rates over Africa and the near East to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and optimise farming irrigation systems. The tool performs a fine-grained analysis of water used through farming systems, generating empirical evidence about how it can be most productively used. WaPOR sifts through satellite data and uses Google Earth computing capabilities to generate maps that indicate biomass and yield production per cubic meter of water consumed. The maps can be rendered at resolutions from 30 to 250 meters, and are updated every one to ten days. The map contains the following filters: Gross Biomass Water Productivity; Net Biomass Water Productivity; Actual Evapotranspiration; Above Ground Biomass Production; Transpiration; Net Primary Production; Precipitation.
Water Auditing for Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) HydroNET The Water Auditing Control Room provides water managers like IUCMA with a monitoring tool that greatly enhances the effectiveness of the agency. The dashboards shows the historical and current water use through irrigation by farmers based on satellite data from eLEAF. The water use is compared with water allocations to identify the farms with excessive water use.
MyCaneSim On-Farm Irrigation Scheduling South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) This tool calculates the water balance and crop growth of sugarcane crops. The system consists of a sugarcane simulation model, an online weather database and a communication network which automatically provides farmers with near real-time field-specific irrigation advice and yield estimates using cell phone text messages (SMS).
The Water Data Portal: River Basin Datasets International Water Management Institute The Water Data Portal: River Basin Datasets contains information and downloadable vector maps on 2 basins within South Africa; The Limpopo and Olifants Basins. This tool can be used to model basin river stream flows and drainage in the Limpopo and Olifants basins.
The Water Data Portal: Hydrology & Water Resources Model Inventory International Water Management Institute The Water Data Portal: Hydrology & Water Resources Model Inventory contains a Water Resource Simulation model developed to showcase simulated scenarios of water development in the Olifants catchment. This tool can be used to project scenarios in the Olifants catchment such as water demand, water resources development, irrigation, rural demand, industrial demand, urban demand and more.
Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit 2.0.
Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM)

The Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit is an information and knowledge management tool for the Orange-Senqu River basin, to support capacity development and the sustainable management of the environment and resources within the basin. Included within the Orange-Senqu RAK are self-learning resources, supported by interactive visualization tools, maps, documents and Google Earth layers. Useful maps to understand and manage water for agriculture in the region include: The Orange-Senqu River Basin Map (indicating sub-basins, drainage patterns of perennial, non-perennial and dry rivers, regional dams and canals); The Land cover and terrestrial ecoregion maps (mapping type of land use in the region); Journey along the Orange-Senqu River Map (containing descriptions and audio on the regional characteristics along the Orange-Senqu River); The Principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (contextualizing water policy for the region and providing access to the Global Water Partnership Toolbox- a useful resource for water managers); Water governance in the Orange-Senqu River basin (an interactive tool to understand water governance in the region); Water Management around the Basin (a map showing the inter and intra flows of water in the Orange-Senqu River Basin with various pie chart diagrams indicating sector water usage distribution within different towns); Dams and Water Infrastructure of the Orange-Senqu (mapping the dams in the basin)

Water Risk Filter 5.0. WWF & German Development Finance Institution

This tool allows users to explore water risks, evaluate water-related risk impacts, and evaluate financial impacts of water risks. The tool also provides the following: Country water profiles with detailed information on national government policies, resources, and governance measures. Identifies hidden water risks in operation, supply chain and investments. Evaluates impacts of other factors on water risk. Calculates financial values associated with water risk. Combines water risk assessment details with financial impacts to show how water risk events can affect financial statements (from revenue loss due to droughts to depreciation of assets due to floods).

Water Quality Data Exploration Tool Water Management System, Department of Water and Sanitation This tool is specifically for groundwater and water quality assessments.
Water Stewardship Guide WWF This guide provides local and sector-specific information as well as pragmatic actions and tips for improved water usage and reduced impacts in wider catchment-levels.
RainMap HydroNET RainWATCH The HydroNET RainMap application allows online access to historical and current rainfall information for any location, also between the gauges. The application automatically:
- Collects and stores large amount of rainfall data from radars, satellites, numerical weather prediction models and automatic weather stations in real-time;
- Combines the different rainfall sources into a “best available” gridded rainfall product, and;
- Makes historical and actual precipitation data easily accessible via the web browser (no software installation needed
Weather Stations HydroNET RainWATCH The Weather Stations application allows direct access to current and historical time series from automatic weather stations. The application automatically collects large amounts of gauge data. Just select the period, the stations and variables you are interested in. Press the button and you will automatically receive the requested information as a graph, picture or in an Excel file.
Weather Forecast HydroNET RainWATCH The Weather Forecast application can be used to show worldwide and/or local weather forecast data when connected to HydroNET. It allows easy online access to the weather forecast incorporated into an interactive geographical map.