Imran Sajid

Research themes
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Land, water, food and energy
Research countries
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Turkey
Research projects

InoCottonGROW project


M.Sc (Agricultural Structures and Irrigation)

B.Sc (Civil Eng, dept. of Hydraulic Structures)


Water Resource Management and Development

Funding institutions

DAAD, and Fiat Panis Foundation

Thesis title

Options to improve irrigation efficiency and productivity by water management interventions at field, farm and scheme level - a bottom up approach applied at distributary canal level in Punjab Pakistan

Thesis abstract

Punjab is the most populated province of Pakistan and features one of the biggest Irrigation system in the world that fulfill food security of the nation and widely contribute to GDP of Pakistan. Yet the present irrigation system is almost hundred years old. The management of the existing irrigation system is a big challenge due to manifold reasons. With increase in population, shrinking water resources, rising crop intensity and inefficient water distribution principle in Agriculture. This research addresses the problems of existing irrigation system’s efficiency and productivity at Mungi distributary canal level in Punjab that includes social and technical aspects and to introduce the best options of water management interventions in context of the existing water rights (Warabandi system) that cannot be changed in near and far future. To achieve the objectives of this research, field work for collection of primary and secondary data will be conducted, AquaCrop model will be calibrated and validated to provide irrigation scheduling for the crops in the area and analysis different scenarios of deficit irrigation in consideration of different irrigation methods. Moreover, focus group discussions and interviews will be done with stakeholders to prioritize different water management intervention in the area and upscale it from field level to distributary canal level in context of Warabandi sytem. The main expected output of the study will be to provide irrigation scheduling as a tool to introduce flexible irrigation in a changing environment at lower scale (farm) and to embed irrigation in the overall agri-eco-socio system


Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Bernhard Tischbein

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Junior Researcher


ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management