Wasim Hassan's Research Published in Agricultural Water Management



Water is a paradox: scarce but often wasted. The supply of water is limited but the demand for water is increasing rapidly. The imbalance between water supply and demand is expected to greatly expand as water demand inexorably increases. Water scarcity has been a critical issue for many regions and has caused numerous water conflicts. Meanwhile, the value of water itself and the many services it provides has not been fully recognized and water has been utilized inefficiently in many places.

Now, a team of researchers including Wasim Hassan, Dr. Talha Manzoor, Dr. Hassan Jaleel, and Dr. Abubakr Muhammad from the Center for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), have argued in a paper published in ‘Agricultural Water Management’ that inefficient utilization of water can be reduced by using demand-based water distribution mechanism to supply water in the agriculture sector. The authors propose a systems theory (active mechanism design) based approach to improve the overall agricultural productivity by designing a system-level policy for an efficient and fair distribution of surface water at the farm level. The potential of the proposed distribution mechanism was accompanied by an analysis to compare it with the traditional water allocation mechanism in the Indus Basin of Pakistan. The results suggest that the proposed mechanism can help decrease groundwater pumping and conserve surface water. Such studies are rare in the case of the Indus basin in Pakistan and extendable to other regions of the world.

This study has been accepted for publication in Agricultural Water Management with the following citation:

Wasim Hassan, Talha Manzoor, Hassan Jaleel, Abubakr Muhammad. Demand-based water allocation in Irrigation systems using mechanism design: A case study from Pakistan. Agricultural Water Management (2021).