Understanding the water-energy-food security nexus in dry lands

February 1, 2012 at 9:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Participants at the International Conference on Water & Energy in Sustainable Food Security, Beirut

ICARDA at the International Conference on Water & Energy in Sustainable Food Security, the Arab Academy of Sciences, Beirut. 

Some 60 researchers, scientists and policy makers from across the Arab region have come together to chart the future for water and food security in dry areas. The group discussed future options for sustainable food security in the region, and the pivotal roles of energy and water supply, population trends, changing diets and consumer preferences; climate-change implications and biotechnology. The issues of freshwater conservation, recycling, water-use efficiency and reliability, and recent kinds of desalination were also addressed.

Dr Mahmoud Solh – ICARDA Director General, presented a paper on The Role of Science and Technology in Water and Food Security.  He explained that future increases in production must come from increases in productivity per unit of water and land, and concluded it is crucial to focus on a number of factors to ensure enhanced food security in dry areas: an enabling policy environment and strong political will; greater priority to and investment in agricultural and rural development, particularly in the vulnerable rainfed areas;  integrated advances in science and technology; and greater investments in developing a new generation of national scientists and technicians that will carry these efforts into the future.

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