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Helping to Build a World Without Hunger
  FAO Water  
6th World Water Forum
Water Quality
Multiple use of water MUS
Water Scarcity
World Water Forum 6
Theme Water & Food Security
The 9 Targets
T1: Rainfed agriculture
T2: Irrigated agriculture
T3: Productivity
T4: Wastewater
T5: Water storage
T6: Planning
T7: Groundwater
T8: Food waste
T9: Small-holders
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Modernization of Irrigation Systems
Modernization of Irrigation Systems
Topics 6th WORLD WATER FORUM – Marseille 2012
Theme 2.2. | the 9 Targets

The thematic priority Contribute to Food Security by Optimal Use of Water will review and focus on potential solutions. For this purpose nine Targets have been formulated that are expected to cover the important aspects. The targets are:

  1. By 2020, sustainably increase by X% - as compared to 2005 - 2007 baseline - land & water productivity (yield per ha and per m3) of rainfed agriculture (for specific crop categories);

  2. By 2020, sustainably increase by X% - as compared to 2005 - 2007 baseline - water productivity per unit land and per year (yield per m3, per ha and per year) of irrigated agriculture (for specific crop categories);

  3. Increase sustainable productivity and lower costs of water management (yield per ha, per m3 of water and per $$ of production cost) in such a way that by year 20yy there is food security at affordable prices for all;

  4. By year 2015, increase by 25% – as compared to 2005-2007 baseline – the safe use of non-conventional waters, either treated wastewater or saline water, in agriculture and aquaculture, together with an increase in the number of countries recognizing the WHO-FAO-UNEP Guidelines for wastewater use in agriculture and aquaculture where insufficiently treated wastewater is used;

  5. By year 2020 increase by X% the capacity of water storages in support of irrigated agriculture (either supplementary, deficit, or full irrigation) - within the framework of an environmentally sufficient and socially sound management;

  6. By 2015, develop and adopt two ‘regional’ (e.g. West Africa; Europe / Euro-Med) visions for food security and water, and 200 local sustainable agriculture plans;

  7. By 2020, develop national strategic action programmes for key ‘hotspot’ aquifers exploited by intensive agricultural use (% aquifer depletion, % pollution), including a local definition of maximum admissible drawdown (MAD )and local definition of maximum admissible pollution levels (MAP) for agricultural uses;

  8. By 2015, define water-related components of a strategy that will improve food supply chain efficiency by 50% and promote sustainable diets, including steps for its implementation by 2025.

  9. Support the small-holders farmers in order to better manage agricultural water, produce more goods and services and reduce by 50% by 2020 the proportion of smallholder farmers without access to water training and water credit.


Please note when the target is not specified (X%) it is because such a value will vary between countries and is recommended to be defined at country level
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