Food and nutrition security can only be achieved with sufficient water of adequate quality, quantity, and reliability. Lack of adequate water affects not only food production, but all components of food systems. Moreover, uncoordinated food and water security strategies limit progress on SDG2 on zero hunger and SDG6 on water and sanitation. Identifying and assessing solutions that jointly support water and food security, and monitoring progress on water–food systems linkages are critical as climate extremes and other stressors increasingly threaten access to water for all.
Aligned with 2023’s World Food Day theme of “Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind,” this NEXUS Gains Talk will discuss the role of water productivity in ensuring that water is used in ways that support food security and nutrition, and leave no one behind.
Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia, UK: Governing irrigation efficiency to solve the four-body problem of lowering water consumption whilst not cutting food production, increasing CO2 emissions and reducing water equity
Sanju Koirala, International Water Management Institute (IWMI): Water and gender within the context of Sustainable Intensification of Mixed Farming Systems (SiMFS)
Upali Amarasinghe, International Water Management Institute (IWMI): NEXUS Gains’ work on the water productivity atlas for the Ganges
Professor Ragab Ragab, President, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID)
Professor Sue Walker, Principal Researcher: Agromet, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
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