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Food Security – Water Is The Key

Food security – Water is the key

Food security – Crops and livestock need water to grow. Water is the key! Agriculture requires large quantities of water for irrigation and of good quality for various production processes. While feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non-food crops such as cotton, rubber and industrial oils in an increasingly productive way, agriculture also confirmed its position as the biggest user of water on the globe.  By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050) and the world is projected to face a 40% global water deficit under the business-as-usual climate scenario (2030 WRG, 2009). The fact is, there is enough water to meet the world’s growing needs but not without dramatically changing the way water is used, managed and shared. Climate change will exacerbate the risks associated with variations in the distribution and availability of water resources. Groundwater provides drinking water to at least 50% of the global population and accounts for 43% of all of the water used for irrigation and agriculture.

The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate. To produce more nutritious food with less water, innovative technologies are required to ensure a greener and more sustainable food production and thus better food security. They are needed for many reasons and water is the key: to improve crop yields; implement efficient irrigation strategies; reuse drainage water; use of water resources of marginal quality; produce smarter ways to use fertilizer and water; improve crop protection; reduce post-harvest losses and to create more sustainable livestock and marine production.

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Sources:
www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/food_security.shtml
www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/images/WWDR2015Facts_Figures_ENG_web.pdf
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