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Team at MIT CityFARM Growing Food 3-4x Faster, with 90% Less Water

October 29, 2013 News: Water & Food Security

Sustainable Brands - A team consisting of engineers, architects, urban planners, economists and plant scientists at MIT has set out to shift traditional farming from the distributed, water- and energy-intense practices of the present to a high-performing, affordable, urban agricultural system with the potential to feed many people. Read more

6 Ways Big Data Helps Improve Global Water and Food Security

October 22, 2013 News: Water & Food Security

Triple Pundit - Raikes gave the keynote presentation at the 2014 Water for Food Global Conference, in Seattle, Wash. on October 20.To help solve this enormous challenge, the agriculture and water communities are harnessing Big Data to ramp up food production with less pressure on our water resources. Read more

8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

October 22, 2013 News: Water & Food Security

GreenBiz - Big Data is transforming agriculture, and just in time. The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 as the world's population heads toward 9 billion people and increasing incomes allow many more to afford a better diet. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as droughts and other consequences of climate change Read more

India’s plan to clean up the Ganga flawed, say experts

October 10, 2013 News: Water & Food Security

The Third Pole - The Ganga needs more flow – currently lost to agriculture – not more sewerage plants, argue environmentalists. The holy city Varanasi in India is where the river Ganga is worshipped by millions of people. And now the Modi-led government is finalising a plan to restore what has become one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Read more 

Climate Change, Rising Sea Levels Put Eastern Thailand at Risk: Study

October 2, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

The Nation - Climate change is putting people living in the eastern part of Thailand at risk, as a study shows a significant part of the eastern coast would not exist in 30 years without mitigation plans. Read more  

Hydroelectric Power Damaging World Rivers, Study Shows

October 3, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

Amazon Watch - "State of the World's Rivers", launched on Friday, blames the big dam builders for messing with nature. The online interactive illustrates just how dams have impacted rivers from the Mississippi to the Amazon, the Danube to the Yangtze. According to the study, the biggest impact has been on water quality. Read more

Economic, Food, and Water Security

7th World Water Forum - Asia & Pacific Regional Process

February 25, 2014 Economic, Food and Water security

7th World Water Forum - Asia & Pacific Regional Process

 World Water Forum 7 Regional Process - Position Paper 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 7th World Water Forum (WWF7) in the Republic of Korea, April 12-17th, 2015, the preparation of Session 3 on Water and Food Security. Attached herewith is th...

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...

Water is key to food security

January 13, 2011 Economic, Food and Water security

Water is key to 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 ...

Towards a Framework for Action on Water in Green Growth

January 13, 2011 Economic, Food and Water security

Towards a Framework for Action on Water in Green Growth

Water plays a key role in achieving all the Millennium Development Goals, including hunger reduction, universal education, empowerment of women, improved health, environmental sustainability, and advancing partnerships for development. As population growth and development call for increased allocations of water for cities, agriculture and industries, pressures on and pollution ...

Understanding AQUASTAT 2014

February 25, 2014 Economic, Food and Water security

Understanding AQUASTAT 2014

  FAO's global water information system AQUASTAT is FAO’ global water information system offering standardized data, tools, and capacity development in country database. It provides as a platform for exchange view and experience on water resources and how best to measure and account for water-related use, freely available to all.     In this section, 141 country profi...

Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

February 25, 2014 Economic, Food and Water security

Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

  UN-WATER'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A GLOBAL GOAL ON WATER UN-Water has undertaken as expert consultation process to analyze the role of water in the agenda. A broard goal would capture the fundamental importance of water for both humans and the environment. The goal provides an overall framework respons to particular national circumstances with clear set of targets, indicator...

Irrigation Modernization

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 Intervention Themes

Water Intervention Themes

February 28, 2014 Water Intervention Themes

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 pum...

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...

Water-Energy-Food Nexus

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 Events

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  6th World Water Forum12 – 17 Mar 2012 - Marseille, France Overview  Highlights  ...

Seminar on Reforms in Management of Public Irrigation System

October 30, 2014 Events

Seminar on Reforms in Management of Public Irrigation System

30 - 31 October 2014 - Bangalore, India  This seminar will encourage engineers, economists, professionals, and administrators involved in the water and agriculture sector to share their experiences and enhance their knowledge by way of participation in session on the various topics of the seminar. This would help to spread awareness of the inter-sectoral linkages of water, f...

22nd ICID Congress & 65th IEC Meeting

September 12, 2014 Events

22nd ICID Congress & 65th IEC Meeting

  14 - 20 September 2014 – Gwangju. S Korea Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change The focus of the lecture was on: (i) latest scientific understanding on climate change; (ii) efforts being made by WMO in delivering scientific-based services through its programmes; (iii) new initiative that has been taken by the WMO in collaboration with other int...

World Water Week 2014

February 13, 2014 Events

World Water Week 2014

  31 August - 5 September 2014 – Stockholm, Sweden World Water Week is hosted and organized by SIWI, under the theme "Energy and Water", addressing some of the most urgent challenges facing our world such as limits facing water and energy, WEF Nexus and ecosystem security, sustainable hydro power, poverty and post 2015 development agenda 2014 Proposals  WWW Social Media...

Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies

February 13, 2014 Events

Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies

6 - 9 May 2014 – Hanoi, Vietnam Regional Workshop: "Asia-Pacific" Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies which include country reports, drought monitoring and early warning systems, thematic presentation, vulnerability and risk assessment. Summary report  ...

Asia Water Security Summit 2014

February 24, 2014 Events

Asia Water Security Summit 2014

  23-24 April 2014. Bangkok, Thailand AIDF summits are designed to create a mutual platform to facilitate and encourage sharing industry knowledge and experiences and contribute ideas on how to develop more effective policies to improve sustainable water management, economic opportunities and water related disaster relief in the Asia Pacific region. The objectives are to im...

 

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