- Category: Economic, Food and Water security
- Published on 18 August 2015
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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 stress by then, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A new report, “Water, Food Security and Human Dignity—A Nutrition Perspective,” was commissioned by the Swedish FAO Committee to examine the importance of water to global food security.
According to the report, the rate of increase of agricultural production has exceeded the rate of population growth by 30 percent in recent decades. Incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity have ballooned, while undernourishment and famine have been significantly reduced. To relieve pressure on limited water and bring food supply in line with demand, policymakers should therefore prioritize the reduction of food waste and equitable distribution, according to the authors of the publication.
Source: Food Policy