The Stockholm International Water Institute released its report “Feeding a thirsty world: Challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world“, which will provide official input into the discussions to take place at the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm on August 26-31.
Authored by a dozen experts from SIWI, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the report provides new evidence that shows how continuing current trends in food production could lead to increased shortages and intense competition for scarce water resources in many regions across the world.
The report notes that 900 million people are hungry and two billion more people are under nourished in spite of the fact that per capita production continues to increase. With 70 per cent of all water withdrawals used in agriculture, growing more food to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050 will place greater pressure on available water and land.
“Feeding everyone well is a primary challenge for this century. Overeating, undernourishment and waste are all on the rise and increased food production may face future constraints from water scarcity,” said report editor Dr. Anders Jägerskog. “We will need a new recipe to feed the world in the future.”
The authors spotlight a number of essential and largely overlooked challenges where dedicated action can help ensure food security to a growing global population with available water resources. These include:
- improvements in on-farm water efficiency,
- reductions in losses and waste in the food supply chain,
- enhanced response networks to early warning systems for agricultural emergencies,
- and increased investment to close the gender gap in agricultural production.
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26-31 August 2012. Stockholm, Sweden. World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The theme for 2012 is: Water and Food Security.
- Ghana: Food, Water, Energy Nexus. Mr. Ben Nyamadi, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
- Tanzania: Government Investment in Smallholder Irrigation. Eng. Mbogo Futukamba, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives and Prof. Nuhu Hatibu, Kilimo Trust
- Africa’s Challenges and Opportunities. Dr. Sheikh Javed Ahmed, AfDB, Tunisia
- Investment in AWM in Africa: Recent trends and Prospects. Dr. Maher Salman, FAO
- Private sector involvement in agriculture in the CAADP context: Irrigate Africa Ms. Njabulo Zwane, Agriculture Development, South Africa
- Focus on the Role of AgWA in Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing to Scale up AWM Investments. Dr. David Love, WaterNet
- AgWA Country Support Tool. Application in West Africa. Dr. Ben Nyamadi, GIDA, Ghana
- Diagnostic Financial and Institutional Tool for Investment in Water for Agriculture. Dr. Maher Salman & Ms. Claudia Casarotto, FAO
Panel Discussion on Way Forward. Panelists:
- Prof. Jumanne Maghembe (MP), Minister for Water, Tanzania
- Dr. Laurent G. Sedogo, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Burkina Faso, Sering Jallow, (AfDB OWAS)
- Prof. A Szollosi-Nagy, (UNESCO-IHE)
- Mr. Hama Arba Diallo, (GWP)
- Mr. Dominic Waughray, (WEF-WRG)
Managing African Water Resources: Challenges and Opportunities
- Co-Chair: Hon. Charity Kaluki Ngilu, MP, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Kenya and Hon. Issoufou Issaka, Minister for Hydraulic and Environment, Niger
- Moderator: Dr. Joakim Harlin (UNDP)