A global review of water pollution from agriculture
Mateo-Sagasta, Javier; Zadeh, S. M.; Turral, H. (Eds.) 2018. More people, more food, worse water?: a global review of water pollution from agriculture. Rome, Italy: FAO; Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 224p.]
Current patterns of agricultural expansion and intensification are bringing unprecedented environmental externalities, including impacts on water quality. While water pollution is slowly starting to receive the attention it deserves, the contribution of agriculture to this problem has not yet received sufficient consideration.
We need a much better understanding of the causes and effects of agricultural water pollution as well as effective means to prevent and remedy the problem. In the existing literature, information on water pollution from agriculture is highly dispersed. This repost is a comprehensive review and covers different agricultural sectors (including crops, livestock and aquaculture), and examines the drivers of water pollution in these sectors as well as the resulting pressures and changes in water bodies, the associated impacts on human health and the environment, and the responses needed to prevent pollution and mitigate its risks.
- Chapter 1. Setting the scene (PDF 537KB)
- Chapter 2. Global drivers of water pollution from agriculture (PDF 1.46MB)
- Chapter 3. Agricultural pollution sources and pathways (PDF 649KB)
- Chapter 4. Nutrients (PDF 579KB)
- Chapter 5. Pesticides (PDF 554KB)
- Chapter 6. Salts (PDF 1.63MB)
- Chapter 7. Sediment (PDF 597KB)
- Chapter 8. Organic matter, pathogens and emerging pollutants (PDF 673KB)
- Chapter 9. The role of models (PDF 549MB)
- Chapter 10. Policy responses (PDF 483KB)
- Chapter 11. On-farm and off-farm Responses (PDF 684KB)
- Chapter 12. Main Messages (PDF 348KB)