Food security in a water-scarce world

April 22, 2012 at 5:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

6th World Water Forum, Marseille, 12-17 March

Dr Solh’s presentation highlighted water-saving technologies developed by ICARDA and its partners

With water resources declining worldwide, it becomes ever more critical to maximize water-use efficiency in agriculture. ICARDA’s expertise in this field was acknowledged at the World Water Forum held in France last month, attended by 35,000 participants from 173 countries, including several heads of state.Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, was part of an expert panel discussing water and energy issues in the Arab region. Others on the panel included the Water Ministers of Egypt, Morocco and Sudan, the Governor of Cairo, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation of Jordan. Dr Solh also made a keynote presentation (Securing water, food and a safe environment) in another technical session. Dr Fawzi Karajeh, water specialist and Coordinator of ICARDA’s Nile Valley and sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program, participated in a session on non-conventional water sources; and also made a presentation on ICARDA-led research to unlock the production potential of rainfed systems.

Delegates at the Forum have set themselves a huge challenge: to increase agricultural water-use efficiency by 10-15% by 2020, to help ensure food security in an increasingly water-scarce world.

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