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Town Hall meeting
Water, land and the 2030 Agenda, gearing up for the challenges

land and water days Framed by the Sustainable Development Goals, FAO Strategic Objectives and the upcoming climate negotiations the Town Hall meeting provided a platform to look at the challenges faced by water and land.

Gender, governance, clicmate change and nutrition were added to the conversation as cross-cutting themes, with the aims to provide an improved integration in land and water activities.

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Sustainable Soil Management
Animation highlights Sustainable
Development Goals which focus on our soils
frecciaInternational Year of Soils Website
Land and Water Factsheets:
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SLM Factsheet Through these divisional factsheets we aim to provide the readers with concise and clear descriptions on the work we carry out. From irrigation management to sustainable use of natural resources, through to Geospatial Information Systems.

The first of the series is on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) a critical practice to ensure sustainable food production and long-term environmental benefits.

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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. FAO

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Prospects for solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS)
in developing countries
Final report of workshop now available
SPIS Workshop 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 at FAO HQ. Over 60 participants, representing a variety of institutions and organizations, both private and public, from a range of sectors: water, energy, agriculture etc., from across the globe, were in attendance.

The final report of this highly engaging and productive workshop is now available to download.
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New brochure now available to download

The new brochure for AQUASTAT, the worlds most quoted source on global water statistics, is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.

AQUASTAT offers users the chance to consult 180+ variables on water resources, water uses, irrigation and drainage, from 1958 to date, for 200+ countries and territories.

New Aquastat Brochure
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Multimedia : Discover Water
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 this 10 minute guided tour to learn about the relationship between water, agriculture, food security and poverty. Learn about effective ways of managing agricultural water.

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