Building resilience faster: FAO’s work on water


World Water Week 2022 is an opportunity to browse through a list of FAO publications highlighting the Organization’s work to promote coherent approaches to sustainable land and water management.

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) 2021

This report highlights the major risks and trends related to soil, land and water and presents means of resolving competition among users and generating multiple benefits for people and the environment. A synthesis report is available in all official UN languages as well as in a device-friendly format.

Guidelines for the calculation of the agriculture water use efficiency for global reporting – The agronomic parameters in the SDG indicator 6.4.1: yield ratio and proportion of rainfed production

These guidelines are intended to assist countries in understanding the agronomic parameters involved in the computation of the agricultural component of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.4.1 on the change in water use efficiency over time. They provide a detailed explanation of the calculation process for calculation by countries willing to generate a more accurate estimation using their national data. 

The UN World Water Development Report (WWDR)
The 2022 edition of the UN WWDR, titled “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible”, describes the challenges and opportunities associated with the development, management and governance of groundwater throughout the world.

WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity publications
A collection of assessments produced under the WaPOR project, FAO’s portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data, that assists countries in monitoring water productivity, identifying gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps and contributing to a sustainable increase of agricultural production.

Integrated drought management to build resilience - publications

FAO collaborates with partners such as the UNCCD, WMO and UN-Water to support countries to shift to proactive drought management, thus increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises. The knowledge resources span the pillars of the integrated drought management, including publications on drought risk mitigation and financing for drought.

Further reading


  • Resilient Watershed Manager's Handbook
  • Water governance analysis (water auditing). A methodological guide
  • A multi-criteria assessment framework for national drought planning
  • UNCCD COP 15 through the lens of drought

Additional resources