AquaCrop is a crop water productivity simulation model, developed by the water unit at the FAO, to simulate yield response to water of several herbaceous crops, and is particularly suited to make decisions, in conditions where water is a key limiting factor in crop production. It uses a relatively small number of explicit and mostly–intuitive parameters and input variables requiring simple methods for their determination.
AquaCrop is a companion tool for a wide range of users and applications including yield prediction under climate change scenarios. It is mainly intended for practitioners working for extension services, governmental agencies, NGOs, and various kinds of farmers associations. It is also of interest to scientists and for teaching purposes, as a training and education tool related to the role of water in determining crop productivity.
To download the software and read the AquaCrop manuals, please click here
Note: The software is by default, built for the Microsoft Windows environment and may not work very well on other platforms such as Linux or Mac OS. The download requires the users' name, occupation, organisation, country and email id to be entered.
The Water Development and Management Unit (NRLW) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is engaged in a programmatic approach to agricultural water management addressing water use efficiency and productivity, and best practices for water use and conservation, throughout the continuum from water sources to final uses. Read more