The proposed vision for Water and Food Security in the Asia Pacific, takes into account the evolving framework of Sustainable Development Goals and Targets to 2030, is to end hunger, achieve food security and promote improved nutrition in the Asia Pacific while achieving water security through managing the region’s multiple social and economic transitions equitably and sustainably.
Asia-Water network is developed as an information hub to outreach farmers and stakeholders worldwide to raise awareness and provide credible resources for improving water and food security. This website is originally founded by Land and Water unit, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the pacific but is now fully operated by Asia-Water Water and Food Security Network.
The network is also the meeting point for interactive web forum on various water & food security topics, with ongoing dialogue from over 500 subscribers in the network to discuss the evolving framework of Sustainable Development Goals and Targets to 2030. The network updates relevant contents including FAO reports, activities, statistics, and irrigation training, as well as breaking water news on climate change, drought, water-energy-food nexus, water footprint, and irrigation investment. Asia-Water website contains resources in each of four water intervention themes, which are Economic, Food, and Water Security, Irrigation Modernization, Water Options for Smallholder, and Water-Energy-Food Nexus.
ASIA-WATER SOCIAL MEDIA
FAO'S ROLE IN WATER
Irrigated agriculture plays a key role in food production. We work with governments, water managers, engineers and farmers to modernize their irrigation systems so that they are more productive and less damaging for the environment. For many rural people, water is often the primary production factor that needs to be secured. FAO promotes easily affordable agricultural water management solutions that increase rural income and food security.
Tremendous progress in food production in recent years has made it possible to provide better quality food to more people than ever before.Too often, however, this is achieved at the expense of water resources and of the health of the ecosystems they sustain.To address this challenge, FAO is supporting intensification models that are clean and resource-efficient, raising the productivity of water across the domestic, industrial and agricultural uses.
FAO supports programs that improve the governance of water for more efficient, transparent and equitable use of water for agriculture.It addresses competition for water between sectors through the water-food-energy nexus approach, building upon multi-sectoral policy dialogue and conflict resolution work.For example, our program on groundwater governance focuses on delivering policy and institutional guidelines designed at local, national and transboundary levels. We aim to promote best practices in groundwater governance as a way to achieve sustainable management of groundwater resources.
Climate change and variability
Climate change will lead to more frequent and intense weather extreme events like droughts and floods, with devastating impacts on food production systems. Sound water management is essential for building societal resilience against such increased risks.
Coping with water scarcity
FAO's water scarcity programme is aligned with UN-Water's programmes. This approach to agricultural water management aims to enhance the agricultural productivity and advance the sustainable use of water resources in agriculture through their improved governance, management, development and conservation. FAO applies the principles of integrated water resources management (IWRM) to the agriculture sector.
FAO’s work focuses on:
- Promotion of pro-active drought and flood risk management policies
- Capacity building on early warning and regular information on threats
- Support to increased water storage to buffer climate variability and change
The awareness of the interactions between food, energy, poverty, environment and climate change is increasing, as well as the recognition that water plays a central role in all these issues. FAO operates and maintains AQUASTAT, the most comprehensive and quoted source on global water statistics.
- FAO's role in Water
- AQUASTAT - FAO's global water information system
- The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture