Message of the Director-General
Water is central to the survival of humanity. It is a matter of great concern to all, because a limited resource shared by a growing population.
Water has political, economic, social and ecological implications. But it is above all linked to food, for agriculture is responsible for about 70 percent of all the freshwater withdrawn.
In a world with diminishing supplies of drinking water, how are we to ensure that all have the water they need to feed themselves without harming other sectors, without destroying our environment?
This is first and foremost a challenge for agriculture. The production chain must produce more with less water, and small farmers need to play a part. They must therefore be trained and actively involved.
A new water policy is needed, with priority to solutions that avoid waste.
More effective solidarity should call on the cooperation of all development partners in resolving potential conflicts and mobilizing financial resources. The conditions are also needed for the economic management and fair distribution of water.
Greater mobilization of civil society and farmers' organizations is fundamental if we are to tackle the water crisis and finally achieve our objective of 'Food for All'.
Closer monitoring is needed, especially in countries and regions that are affected by drought, so that famine and conflict can be avoided.
Tomorrow's world will have enough water if we start managing it prudently today.
That is the meaning of the message of World Food Day: "Water: source of food security".