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Pathways to sustainable intensification through crop water management

November 18, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

Environmental Research Web - reflect on how the global crop water management simulations of Jägermeyr et al could interact with farm size at more local scales, downstream water users at the river basin scale, food trade and demand-side food system strategies at the global scale. Read more

Iran’s Looming Water Crisis Leaves Farmers With A Stark Choice

March 16, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

The Huffington Post - Over the years, the responsibility of growing crops in a semi-arid nation has taken a huge toll on Iran’s water supplies. The farmers were given over 90% of the country’s water to secure food for the nation and they used it voraciously. Now, there is a growing awareness that the country gambled away its water security in favour of food security and is on the brink of an unprecedented water crisis. Read more

Making every drop count: Rethinking irrigation for global food security

November 14, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

Reliefweb - Adapting agriculture to a changing climate and world will mean developing and implementing new approaches to irrigation policies and practices the world over, FAO warned. With continuing population and economic growth, combined with the threat of climate change adversely affecting freshwater, the 2nd World Irrigation Forum brings together... Read more

Future of food security depends on irrigation methods that adapt to climate change

November 14, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

UN News Centre - FAO emphasized in a news release that in order to achieve food security, especially in developing countries, regular access to water must be made possible through irrigation. The agency cited irrigation as “a key factor to help transform rural societies and economies,” as it plays a critical role in ending poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, as well as sustaining natural resources and responding to climate change...Read more

FAO and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

November 2, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

FAO - There is more than enough food produced today to feed everyone in the world, yet close to 800 million are chronically hungry. The battle to end hunger and poverty must be principally fought in rural areas, which is where almost 80 percent of the world’s hungry....Read more 

Thailand ready to host 2nd World Irrigation Forum

November 2, 2016 News: Water & Food Security

Pattaya Mail - The 2nd WIF and 67th IEC is scheduled to take place at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center under the theme “Water management in a changing world: Role of Irrigation for sustainable food production. Read more 

Water Events

2nd World Irrigation Forum

November 1, 2016 Events

2nd World Irrigation Forum

6-12 November 2016 - Chiang Mai, ThailandThe Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID) is going to host the 2nd World Irrigation Forum & 67th International Executive Council Meeting at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CECC) under the theme " Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation for Sustainable Food Produ...

2015 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

September 7, 2015 Events

2015 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

21-23 October - Phnom Penh, Cambodia The Forum is the largest event in the Mekong Region to address the confluence of water, food and energy. It brings together regional water, food and energy professionals and thinkers to explore new and emergent ideas in water, its development and its exploitation. In 2013, the event attracted over 270 participants from 95 different instit...

ASEAN Drought Workshop 2015

August 11, 2015 Events

ASEAN Drought Workshop 2015

18-20 August 2015 - Bangkok, ThailandDrought is a naturally occurring event that causes stress in all ASEAN countries. As part of the purview of ASEAN Working Group on Water Resources Management (AWGWRM), the Government of Thailand is hosting ASEAN Drought Workshop 2015 to provide additional opportunity for sharing of experiences across ASEAN on the ways in which countries resp...

World Water Week 2015

August 11, 2015 Events

World Water Week 2015

23-28 August 2015 - Bangkok, Thailand World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. This year is the jubilee year for both the Week and the Stockholm Water Prize. In 2014, over 3,000 individuals and 270 convening organizations from 143 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers...

7th World Water Forum

February 13, 2014 Events

7th World Water Forum

21-27 Apr. 2015 - Daegu, S.Korea WWF7 Themes to focus on water security, responsible development, and sustainability Overview  Official Site  Asia & Pacific Regional Process A White Paper: Water and Food Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  PowerPoint 6th World Water Forum12 – 17 Mar 2012 - Marseille, France Overview  Highlights  ...

Indonesia Water Learning Week

September 12, 2014 Events

Indonesia Water Learning Week

 24-26 November 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia  Water Security for Indonesia: Examining the Water-Energy-Food Nexus  With the aim of assessing the current state of the water sector, its inter-linkages with the food and energy sector, and to develop recommendations for the improvement of water management and planning in Indonesia, a 3 daus Indonesian Water Learning Week will be o...

Economic, Food, and Water Security

FAO’s “Global Framework for Action on Water Scarcity”

November 14, 2016 Economic, Food and Water security

FAO’s “Global Framework for Action on Water Scarcity”

FAO’s “Global Framework for Action on Water Scarcity” noted with appreciation at the 2nd World Irrigation Forum  FAO’s partnership initiative “Coping with water scarcity in agriculture: a global framework for action in a changing climate” was recognized in the Declaration of the Meeting of Ministers at the Second World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand.The Declaration e...

Water Security Is Essential To Global Food Security

August 19, 2015 Economic, Food and Water security

Water Security Is Essential To Global Food Security

Water Security Is Essential To Global Food Security Water security—in light of climate change, population growth, and agricultural pressures on supplies—is in jeopardy across the globe. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects the global population to rise by 2 billion people by 2050, and 47 percent of the world’s population could be living under severe water s...

UN WATER: What is Water Security?

August 19, 2015 Economic, Food and Water security

UN WATER: What is Water Security?

UN WATER: What is Water Security? Water security is defined as the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a clim...

Meeting farmers' aspirations in the context of green development

February 25, 2014 Economic, Food and Water security

Meeting farmers' aspirations in the context of green development

FAO paper says high time for Asia-Pacific’s agricultural workers to become prime beneficiaries in the transition to sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 14 Mar 2014 -- Initiatives being adopted in the Asia-Pacific region to improve the environmental sustainability of agricultural activity must include ways and means to reduce the g...

7th World Water Forum - Asia & Pacific Regional Process

February 25, 2014 Economic, Food and Water security

7th World Water Forum - Asia & Pacific Regional Process

7th World Water Forum - Asia & Pacific Regional Process  Overview  Official Site  Asia & Pacific Regional Process A White Paper: Water and Food Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  PowerPoint We are pleased to inform you that the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has been designated to coordinate, within the Asia Pacific Regional Process for the 7...

FAO roles in Water and Food security

January 13, 2011 Economic, Food and Water security

FAO roles in Water and Food security

70% of world fresh water withdrawal is used for agriculture. Agricultural water use has helped meet rapidly rising demand for food and has contributed to the growth of farm portability and poverty reduction as well as rural development and environmental protection. With an increasing water scarcity, our role is to enhance agricultural performance while promoting sustainability ...

Irrigation Modernization

Rice farming: Saving water through Alternate Wetting Drying (AWD) method

November 1, 2016 Irrigation Modernization

Rice farming: Saving water through Alternate Wetting Drying (AWD) method

Summary Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) is a water-saving technology that lowland (paddy) rice farmers can apply to reduce their water use in irrigated fields. In AWD, irrigation water is applied to flood the field a certain number of days after the disappearance of ponded water. Hence, the field is alternately flooded and non-flooded. The number of days of non-floo...

FAO-ICID Training Workshop on MASSCOTE 2.0

March 17, 2014 Irrigation Modernization

FAO-ICID Training Workshop on MASSCOTE 2.0

FAO-ICID Training Workshop for Young Professionals: Irrigation Modernization:New Perspective and New Tools (MASSCOTE 2.0) The need to modernize irrigation systems and their management to face the challenges of rapidly evolving farmers and production systems, environmental sustainability and financial viability is more pressing than ever. The recognition of the systems’ multipl...

Strategic Planning and Management - Case Studies

March 17, 2014 Irrigation Modernization

Strategic Planning and Management - Case Studies

CASE STUDIESUnder the program on Capacity Building in Strategic Planning and Management of Natural Resources in Asia and the Pacific, case studies were conducted at national level in a series of basin-wide, sub-national and national projects. Case studies that were carried out apart from regional and sub regional activities promoting SPM approaches to water resources developm...

What is Strategic Planning and Management?

March 17, 2014 Irrigation Modernization

What is Strategic Planning and Management?

Strategic Planning and Management is an approach to planning and management that assists decision-making in the context of rapid change. It is also a complex ongoing process of organizational change. To better understand this tool it is important to be aware of what SPM does, is and is not. There are many variants of SPM; however, all strategic planning and management are chara...

Improving the Operation of Canal Irrigation Systems

April 3, 2014 Irrigation Modernization

Improving the Operation of Canal Irrigation Systems

    Enter Training  Table of Contents: Rapid Appraisal Process  This program responds to the need to raise awareness to the advantages and limitations of various design criteria for canal irrigation systems used in many countries and to disseminate information on advanced approaches to canal operation developed since 1950s. The program focuses on systems and methods...

Key Ideas and Concept on the Modernization of Irrigation Systems

March 17, 2014 Irrigation Modernization

Key Ideas and Concept on the Modernization of Irrigation Systems

          1. Rehabilitation VS Modernization 2. Irrigation sector reform and improving the service to farmers 3. Actual irrigation and water management 4. Design processes 5. Rehabilitation, modernization and Irrigation Management Transfer: the problem of infrastructure 6. Management of irrigation systems 7. The case for a massive re-training of engineers and managers in...

Water-Energy-Food Nexus

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus

February 13, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer, Mr Olivier Dubois, discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus Olivier Dubois of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization sat down with ChEnected to discuss challenges of the food-water-energy nexus and some of the steps that can be taken to address these challenges. Olivier was part of a session at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlan...

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus at FAO

February 13, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus at FAO

CONCEPT NOTE (2014)   Learn why FAO think the Nexus approach is the right one to solve present and future problems; A Nexus approach helps us to better understand the complex and dynamic relationship between water, energy, and food, so that we can manage our limited resources. Perspective forces us to think of the impacts a decision in one sector also effect multiple sector...

Addressing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Asia Pacific

February 13, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

Addressing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Asia Pacific

RATIONALE The food crisis of 2007-2008 highlighted the coupling of food and energy markets due to demand for biofuels, animal feed, prices of fertilizers and transportation and the impact of droughts and floods on food supply and demand. The concentration of systemic risks on the linkages between water, energy and food, i.e. the Water-Food-Energy Nexus, exacerbated by climate ...

AWDO 2016 - Economic Water Security / Nexus Index and Transition

February 13, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

AWDO 2016 - Economic Water Security / Nexus Index and Transition

Economic Water Security: The productive use of water to sustain economic growth in food production, industry, and energy. Economic Water Security Index 2013 with three sub-indices Agricultural water security Productivity of irrigated agriculture Independence from imported water and goods Resilience (% of renewable water resources storage in large dams) Industrial wa...

Understanding the Nexus

January 13, 2011 Water Energy Food Nexus

Understanding the Nexus

  Water, energy and food are essential for human well-being, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Global projections indicate that demand for freshwater, energy and food will increase significantly over the next decades. Nexus is a conceptual approach to better understand and to systematically analyse the complex interdependence of water, energy, and food systems, ...

WEF Nexus Animation

February 24, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

WEF Nexus Animation

    Video:  SABMiller/ Youtube   “If we put Nexus in the heart of what we do, our future could be brighter than ever” A Video of a Nexus thinking for a better sustainable world!    ...

Water Intervention Themes

Water Intervention Themes

February 28, 2014 Water Intervention Themes

There is a range of potential intervention options for smallholder farmer that may be implemented in various settings depending on the livelihoods context. The major water option themes for consideration include: Water Options for Smallholder Water control to improve rainfed farming Surface irrigation system development and Investment Framework Groundwater and pump irriga...

FAO/IFAD Publication: Water interventions for improving rural livelihoods in Asia

February 28, 2014 Water Intervention Themes

FAO/IFAD Publication: Water interventions for improving rural livelihoods in Asia

BACKGROUND   Figure 1: Global Undernourishment in 2010 by Region  Poverty is a major problem in Asia despite its high economic growth and rapid rural transformation. Asia still accounts for two thirds of the world’s 1.4 billion poor, concentrated mostly in South Asia.  About a third of the rural people are considered poor, which accounts for up to 70% of the total poor (Fi...

Water Options for Smallholder

February 28, 2014 Water Options for Smallholder

Water Options for Smallholder

     Figure 1: Areas of physical and economical water scarcity at a basin level in 2007 (in IWMI, 2008)   Since water plays a key role in agricultural production, the unavailability of water and the lack of access to water are major constraints to rural agricultural livelihoods in Asia. Evidences have shown that there is a strong link between access to water and rural li...

Flood and Drought Management for Building Resilience to Shocks

March 4, 2014 Flood and drought management

Flood and Drought Management for Building Resilience to Shocks

  Floods and droughts are natural disasters that may be minimized through water management. Floods are natural phenomena which cannot be avoided, but human activities including changes in land use management practices and climate change are contributing to an increase in the likelihood and adverse impacts of flood events. While flood interventions may be capital intensive, but...

Technology – Based Water Resources Management

March 4, 2014 Technology – Based Water Resources Management

Technology – Based  Water Resources Management

  While technologies has played central role in development of water resources, its application in managing the resources have been rather limited, especially in the developing nations of Asia. Since the future water intervention are dictated more by the management response rather than the development options, the role of technology and potential application of different techn...

Surface irrigation system development, infrastructure improvements, and modernization

March 4, 2014 Surface irrigation system development

Surface irrigation system development, infrastructure improvements, and modernization

The range of the interventions for surface irrigation system development and improvements vary from large-scale distribution systems such as in India and Afghanistan to small-scale tank irrigation in Sri Lanka. Even though there had been large investments in the past in irrigation system development, but many of these existing systems are currently plagued by low water producti...

 

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