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24/05/2012
Meeting in Nairobi, 29-31 May
Regional water experts will gather in Nairobi 29-31 May. Some 2.5 billion people worldwide depend solely on groundwater resources to satisfy their daily needs for water and hundreds of millions of farmers rely on groundwater to sustain their livelihoods. Yet most if not all aquifers are not being sustainably managed to conserve...
22/03/2012
On World Water Day, UN community says better management of finite water resources is key to feeding the world
Lack of water limits the ability of farmers to produce enough food to eat or earn a living. 22 March 2012, Rome - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that producing enough food to feed the world's rapidly growing population will require the international community to ensure the sustainable use of...
14/02/2012
FAO technical know-how helping to restore system after decades of disrepair
FAO is helping to rehabilitate Afghanistan’s traditional irrigation systems. 14 February 2012, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is boosting its technical support for rehabilitation of Afghanistan's dilapidated traditional irrigation systems, in a bid to help farmers increase crop production. The initiative also aims to improve the knowledge and...
28/11/2011
Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk, posing a profound challenge to the task of feeding a world population expected to reach 9 billion...
17/11/2011
But holistic policy approaches, integrated planning, more attention to smallholder farmers needed
17 November 2011, Rome/Bonn - As pressure on the world's water resources reaches unsustainable levels in an increasing number of regions, a "business-as-usual" approach to economic development and natural resource management will no longer be possible, FAO said today.  Agriculture will be key to the implementation of sustainable water management, the...
27/10/2011
Nile Basin New information on agricultural water use will support better planning, prevent future food insecurity
Rapid population growth and natural resource degradation in the Nile River Basin pose the risk of intensified hunger and poverty in the region and require better, more forward-looking development planning to prevent that from happening, FAO said today. The warning came...
24/08/2011
Coordinated by FAO Natural Resources Department, through its Land and Water Division, and on behalf of UN-Water members and partners, the World Water Day in 2012 is intended to draw the international attention on the relationships between water & food. Below...
01/07/2011
THE REPORT A major objective of the State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) is primarily to raise awareness on the status of land and water resources, at the same time it scopes and inform on...
02/05/2011
"More focus on poverty reduction than on agricultural production"
Small-scale farmers account for roughly half of the developing world's undernourished. Without proper and effective water management, poor farmers are unable to turn agriculture from a nourishment activity into an income-generating enterprise.The smallholder farming is a potential engine for economic growth, poverty reduction and food security. The project is therefore...
02/05/2011
Javier Mateo Sagasta, FAO specialist on Water Quality and Environmental Aspects of Irrigation, talks about the global use of water resources and solutions to avoid wastage. He says: "Water reuse is a crucial factor to implement a sustainable management of the...