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Thematic Process T.2.1.4

Adapting to change for sustainable water use in agriculture

· Coordinator :
Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Between now and 2050 FAO projects that globally 60% more food needs to be produced to satisfy a population of more than 9 billion people. For developing countries it is estimated that their food production needs to be doubled. Irrigated agriculture covers globally only 20% of cropped area, but it produces around 40% of global food. Not including climate change, it is estimated that the amount of water that needs to be withdrawn for agriculture could increase by about 10 - 15%. Agriculture’s current water use is already unsustainable. Many large canal scale irrigation schemes are under-performing providing unreliable water services.
The session will focus on identifying context and appropriate options for adaptation to changing environmental circumstances along three levels.
1. Farm-level (satisfying food needs, generating income (including exit strategies), reduce adverse environmental impacts);
2. System level (infrastructure, water productivity, floods and drought management, safeguarding natural ecosystems);
3. Strategic or planning level (in- and extensification of (irrigated) agriculture, supporting policies and incentives, research priorities, infra-structure development, water management and governance).

Keywords :
Agriculture & Irrigation, Food & Food Security, Nexus, Sustainability, Water Security

Session Data

· Date :
April 15, 2015 (수)
· Time :
09:00-11:00
· Venue :
DEC_307
DAEGU - EXCO
3F Room 321
· Session Code :
T.2.1.4
· Language :
English
Korean