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FAO Water Report 41
Yield gap analysis of field crops
This new report reviews methods for yield gap analysis, clarifying definitions and techniques to measure and model actual, attainable and potential yield at different scales in space and time and using case studies to illustrate different approaches.

The publication is a contribution to advance global water and food security through improvements in water and land productivity. It discusses methods to measure yield gaps, and ways to diagnose the root causes of yield and water productivity gaps and the actions that will be needed to close yield gaps in both small and large scale cropping systems.

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2015 World Water Week Report:
New report on Water and Development
contains FAO authored chapter
Today SIWI launched Water for Development – Charting a Water Wise Path, prepared as input to the world’s most important annual meeting for water and development issues.

Water is crucial for human sustenance, health and dignity; as a driver for business; for food and energy security; and for the ecosystems upon which our societies and continued development depend. FAO, being an important player in this, has authored Chapter 12 of the report: 'Can saving lives save livelihoods? The water-energy-food nexus and human security'

World Water Week takes place in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-28 August.
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Land and Water Factsheets:
New information products
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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FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 67
Multiple uses of water services in large irrigation systems -
Auditing and planning modernization The MASSMUS Approach
FAO IDP 67 This publication expresses the rationale for multiple use of water services for large irrigation systems and demonstrates how managers can optimize, rather than simply tolerate, multiple uses. It also illustrates how consideration and appropriate management of multiple uses can benefit an irrigation system by improving performance and enhancing sustainability. The aim is to provide readers - irrigation managers and designers - with guidelines, steps to follow and leads that will allow them to perform multiple uses or services investigations in their own irrigation systems unearthing all services, the obvious and the hidden, and to document them using local data and surveys.
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NEW e-Book Title
Coping with Water Scarcity | Water Report # 38
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Water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA), with fresh water availability in the region expected to drop by 50 percent by the year 2050, said FAO, as ministers of agriculture and national officials prepare to tackle the issue at a meeting, at FAO HQ in Rome, of the organization's highest regional governing body.

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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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