FAO is concerned with sustainable use and conservation of water in agriculture.
Agricultural water use and management is understood in all its dimensions.
The technical aspects of crop production, aquaculture, livestock watering, forestry and watershed management are dealt with and draw on specialist skills across the organization and respective counterparts at country level and in regional organisations.
Acting as focal point on water-related issues, the Division works in close collaboration with relevant Departments and units across the Organization, including forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, rural development, nutrition, etc.
The Land and Water Division aims to enhance the agricultural productivity and advance the sustainable use of land and water systems, and promote equitable access to these natural resources in a context of complex agricultural transitions. It relies on a strong heritage and expertise in the fields of land and water development and management, accumulated since FAO’s inception in 1945.
FAO's water activities in water can be classified in three main categories:
1. Management of information and knowledge
2. Policy advice
3. Technical support to countries and their constituents.