Swedish FAO Committee Paper
Radically new context for water and food security
Water resources are scarce in relation to a booming demand, and their availability varies significantly. Global warming means changes in precipitation patterns with prolonged periods of extremes. Together with continuous demographic change and shifts in food habits, a radically new context for water and food security and human dignity has evolved. In this tenth volume of the Swedish FAO Committee’s series of discussion papers, the significance of water for food security, globally and for different groups of people, is discussed.
Prospects for solar-powered irrigation systems in developing countries:
Presentations now available online
Solar-power for water pumping in irrigation is becoming a very promising solution for sustainable agriculture in regions with high-solar-insulation, given its environmental advantages, low maintenance and increasingly low investment costs.
Many countries are testing and promoting solar technologies for irrigation in the framework of national action plans as a solution to climate change and lack of access to electricity and fossil fuel in many rural areas.
FAO in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) organized an International Workshop on the prospects for solar-powered irrigation systems in developing countries from 27 to 29 May 2015. The presentations from this workshop are now available to download.
WWF7 - White paper:Towards a Water and Food Secure Future
This new White paper, prepared by FAO and the World Water Council, aims to provide policy-makers with a helpful overview of the technical and economic aspects of water use in agriculture, with particular emphasis on crop and livestock production. Through 2050, in many countries, agriculture will remain an important determinant of economic growth, poverty reduction, and food security, even as, over time, the proportion of agricultural revenue in national gross income declines.
7th World Water Forum:
Groundwater Governance, a call for action:
A Shared Global Vision for 2030
Groundwater is indispensable to poverty reduction and shared prosperity. It has the potential to provide an improved source of drinking water for millions of urban and rural poor people. Many poor farmers and their families depend on it to irrigate their crops and sustain their livelihoods.
The 2030 Vision and Framework for Action provides the enabling framework and guiding principles for a coordinated action among governments and organizations
Water and the Rural Poor:
Interventions for improving livelihoods in Asia
water-related interventions in Asia
This new FAO report demonstrates the potential for water interventions in support of poverty reduction by identifying hotspots of poverty and water constraints in Asia. The report analyses the characteristics of some 14 major livelihood systems in three sub-regions and assessessing for each one of them, the physical potential, the demand, and the priorities for water interventions.
Adapting to climate change through
land and water management in Eastern Africa: New report highlights results of pilot projects
in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
This new FAO Land and Water publication outlines work done by the FAO Water project on Climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa and describes a series of pilot activities that successfully contributed
to enhanced resilience of farming communities and offer substantial opportunities
for up scaling. This experience shows that a boost in investment is needed to
ensure a more sustainable and resilient management of an already declining
FAO Water Report No. 39
Irrigation in Central Asia in figures
This report presents the results of the most recent survey carried out in the six countries of the Central Asia region, and it analyses the changes that have occurred in the ten years since the first survey. Following the AQUASTAT methodology, the survey relied as much as possible on country-based statistics and information.
The State of the World's Land and Water
Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW)
The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) analyses a variety of options for overcoming constraints and improving resource management in these areas of heightened risk. In each location, a mix of changes in institutional and policy measures will have to be combined with greater access to technologies for better management of land and water resources.