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Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

Topic: Irrigated agriculture

This document summarizes the online discussion Addressing water scarcity in agriculture: how can indigenous or traditional practices help?, which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 12 June to 6 July 2018.
The discussion was facilitated by Patrick Bahal’okwibale from FAO, Ethiopia and Jean-Marc Mwenge Kahinda from CSIR, South Africa and aimed at exploring the role that indigenous and traditional practices can play to
support climate change adaptation efforts and reduce water scarcity in agriculture.

Addressing water scarcity in agriculture: how can indigenous or traditional practices help?

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The aim of this paper is 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. Water use in agriculture will remain substantial, irrigated areas will expand and competition for water will increase in all sectors.

Towards a water and food secure future

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