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Session 1: Share your view on National Food Security & Rural Water Management

December 16, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

FAO ASIA-WATER - Session 1 on 16-24 Dec 2014 includes (1) Evolving policies and risk management strategies for national food security under water constraints and economic transitions and (2) implications for agricultural and rural water management for managing socio-economic transitions. Do you agree with the statements and analyses of the issue paper? Let us know Read more

Invitation to eConference on Water & Food Security in the Asia Pacific

December 12, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

FAO ASIA-WATER - We are pleased to inform you that, within the Asia Pacific Regional Preparatory Process for the World Water Forum 7 (WWF7) in Republic of Korea April 12-17th, 2015, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has been designated to coordinate Session 3 on Water and Food Security, in partnership with ADB, ICID, ICIMOD, UNESCO, MANCID and GWP South Asia, southeast Asia, China and Central Asia. Read more

Water target least on-track among all development goals, UN says

December 11, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

The Guardian - Countries failing to turn good strategies into programmes that actually provide people with clean water and good sanitation. A lack of investment in water, hygiene and sanitation as well as government failure to plan country-wide programmes has hindered progress, according to the UN water global analysis and assessment of sanitation and drinking water report. Read more

World Food Supplies Recover From Drought and Reach 15-Year High

December 9, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

Circle of Blue - World supplies of corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, and other staple grains are forecast to reach their highest levels in 15 years, but experts say the increase will do little to reverse an upward trend in food prices. The annoucement from FAO comes just a year after world food stocks dipped to the lowest level since the 2008 global food crisis. Read more

Undersea freshwater supplies could help stave off global water crisis

December 9, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

Aljazeera - A massive supply of freshwater has been discovered beneath the sea floor on continental shelves around the world, a finding that could provide a new solution to a looming global water crisis. Scientists predict that by 2030 47 percent of the population will be living in areas of high water stress, according to U.N. Water. Read more

India's Assam Campaign Protest Against China Dams

November 26, 2014 News: Water & Food Security

The Times of India - The protest is part of AJYCP's 'Save Assam' campaign in the national capital which seeks to draw the Centre's attention to the burning issues of the state.it will stage a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi in November, demanding that big dam projects along the origin of the Brahmaputra, inside China, be scrapped. 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

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus

February 13, 2014 Water Energy Food Nexus

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus

FAO Senior Natural Resource Officer, Mr Olivier Dubois, discusses Water-Energy-Food Nexus Olivier Dubois of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization sat down with ChEnected to discuss challenges of the food-water-energy nexus and some of the steps that can be taken to address these challenges. Olivier was part of a session at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlan...

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  ...

Indonesia Water Learning Week

September 12, 2014 Events

Indonesia Water Learning Week

 24-26 November 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia  Water Security for Indonesia: Examining the Water-Energy-Food Nexus  With the aim of assessing the current state of the water sector, its inter-linkages with the food and energy sector, and to develop recommendations for the improvement of water management and planning in Indonesia, a 3 daus Indonesian Water Learning Week will be o...

Nexus Dialogues on Water Infrastructure Solutions

September 12, 2014 Events

Nexus Dialogues on Water Infrastructure Solutions

 13-15 November 2014 - Beijing, China  Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions has focussed on developing renewed attention on major infrastructure development for water, energy, food security and climate change resilience. Since 2013, IUCN and IWA have successfully organized a series of regional ...

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...

 

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