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FAO Water Report 40
Guidelines to control water pollution from agriculture in China: Decoupling water pollution from agricultural production
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Deterioration of water quality is considered a key constraint to future economic development and social progress in China, and agriculture is known to be a major source of pollution. These guidelines
review the key pressures and impacts from the main agricultural and rural activities and propose a set of good agricultural
practices and economic and regulatory actions to minimize pollution and to move towards a more sustainable agriculture
intensification in a greener economy.

FAO WR 40
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Emergency in the Philippines
Strong Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has severely affected the agriculture sector in the central Regions of the country
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© FAO Land and Water Division Geospatial Unit Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November, affecting nine Regions across central parts of the country and causing widespread devastation, massive loss of life and severe damage to the agriculture and fisheries sector. Official partial estimates indicate that some 153 495 hectares of rice paddy, maize and other high value crops such as coconut, banana, cassava, mango, vegetables have been adversely affected. As of 18 November, total crop losses are estimated at Philippines Peso (PHP) 4.72 billion (or USD 110 million at the current exchange rate) and overall damage to the agriculture sector close to PHP 10 billion (USD 225 million).
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View map of potential affected areas for: Rice Paddy | Coconut | Sugar Cane
Sound water management key to building resilience in Africa’s Sahel
31 October 2013, Dakar
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Sound water management holds the key to building resilience in Africa's Sahel and can free rural communities from the vicious cycle of weather-related food security crises that have plagued the region over recent years, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high level meeting on resilience in the Sahel, focusing on irrigation and water management, with participants from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

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Crop yield and water-productivity gaps
Technical meeting
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Addressing food security under increasingly scarce natural resources poses important challenges to global agriculture. Gaps in yield and water productivity become critical target to improve food production systems. FAO, together with SEI, the University of Nebraska and SIANI are meeting in Rome to adrress some of these critical topics to respond to a projected 60% increase in food demand by 2050.


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Regional Water Scarcity Initiative in the Near East
National assessment workshop
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From the 23 until the 27th of September the Land and Water Division in FAO organized a workshop in the framework of the Regional Water Scarcity Initiative in the Near East, a collaborative strategy and partnership to address the water-food security nexus.
The Initiative comes in support of FAO Member Countries in identifying priority areas of action in agriculture water management that can significantly contribute to boosting agriculture productivity, improving food security and using water resources in a more sustainable way.

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FAO Regional Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East
Background documents now available for download
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nena graph Outcomes of the the Regional Water Scarcity Initiative Workshop are now available for download. The initiative comes in support of FAO Member Countries in identifying priority areas of action in agriculture water management that can significantly contribute to boosting agriculture productivity, improving food security and using water resources in a more sustainable way.

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Promotional Material: 2013 FAO Desktop Calendar
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FAO Water calendar The December 2013 desktop calendar is now available!

Download your calendar, selecting your screen size to open the calendar image in a new window then right click on the image and select 'Set as Desktop Item' form the menu.
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DISCOVER WATER:
10 minutes guided tour.

This ten-minute guided tour is intended primarily for people who are not familiar with the relationship between water, agriculture, food security and poverty. The reader will also learn about effective ways of managing agricultural water.

Take the tour:
Animated Tour [needs Flash]
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FAOWater Development and Management Unit