Key Messages

  • Groundwater is a vital resource for poor farmers but sustainable management is critical
  • The potential to improve food security and alleviate poverty through improved groundwater use in Africa is huge. This will require investment in infrastructure and training.
  • Over exploitation of groundwater in parts of Asia could have serious consequences over the long term. Locally tailored approaches to management that promote equity and farm resilience are vital. There are unlikely to be ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions
  • Good groundwater management takes into account the water-energy-food nexus