Coping with water scarcity in agriculture
2016-08-30 | Usage rights: CC | Credit: SIWI
Water is fundamental to secure the food and nutrition needs of a growing and sophisticating population at large and for agriculture-based rural livelihoods. Access to water in sufficient quantity and acceptable quality is a common constraint to production and other activities. Coping with water scarcity in agriculture:- a global framework for action in a changing climate of FAO is aimed at providing a common platform for diverse water-related initiatives, programmes and stakeholders, leading to partnerships and synergies among them. The global framework will help in efficiently achieving the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goal 6 – “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Investments made now in water and its sound management will provide long-term payoffs for sustainable human development and economic growth with immediate short-term benefits. Climate adaptation measures in agriculture that build on existing good management practices can increase water security and thus contribute directly to sustainable development. Innovative technologies derived from applied research, combined with appropriate policies and strategies, are necessary for both adaptation to, and the mitigation of, climate change.