Land & Water

WASAG has been designed to bring together key players across the globe and across sectors to tackle the collective challenge of using water better in agriculture to ensure food security for all. It is an initiative for partners from all fields and backgrounds to collaborate in supporting countries and stakeholders in their commitments and plans related to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement (including implementing nationally determined contributions) and other plans and programmes related to agriculture and water.

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This webinar was recently rescheduled, please double check your calendar for the new date, 10 July 2020.

The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) hosted by the FAO Land and Water Division invites you to its seventh webinar under the title: Pandemics/Epidemics, Drought and Agriculture: Building back better

This webinar is organized by leading institutions on drought management, including the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), the UNCCD Drought Initiative and the Global Framework for Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), working group on “Drought Preparedness” with partners including UNCCD, National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, WMO, FAO, IWMI, GWP, UNESCO and Water Youth Network (WYN). 

COVID 19 does not discriminate, but its impact does. COVID-19 will have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable individuals and groups with precarious labor conditions, economies and those who are unemployed and those not able to work. Ongoing drought effects on the livelihoods and health of the poorest and most vulnerable people make them also the most vulnerable to COVID 19 and its effects on human immune systems, supply chains and economies. The global initiatives to achieve a green recovery offer a defining moment that could either strengthen or weaken current efforts to achieve a drought resilient and sustainable society. 

This webinar will discuss the pathways through which drought vulnerable groups have been hit by COVID and left behind during the lockdown. It will raise the point that they must not also be left out of the global green recovery. We will discuss what are the options and policy recommendations for an inclusive green recovery. We will also discuss ways to identify and mitigate the unintended economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 response and how to include drought vulnerable groups in COVID-19 decision-making and management by ensuring targeted messaging reaches all drought vulnerable groups.

“WASAG is committed to achieving food security and improved nutrition for all by adapting agricultural and food systems in conditions of increasing water scarcity in a changing climate. As a first step, by 2020, we shall deliver concrete outcomes towards that goal through our partner-led Working Groups, and from there take new steps, with more partners, to address the water scarcity challenge."  

Torkil Jønch Clausen, Chair of WASAG