Water, Food and Poverty interconnected

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 13:48

Without good water management we will not be able to feed the world. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that we need to increase agricultural production by 70% to feed the projected 9 billion people expected on the planet by 2050. But, given the current global food crisis, boosting agricultural production will certainly increase water stress.

Ensuring that we manage our water is essential. When we talk about water we can split it into three types: blue, green & grey water.  Simply defined, blue being irrigation, green rainwater and grey polluted water.

Even though blue and grey water are essential to manage properly and free us from the vulnerability of waiting for rain to fall, most of the world is dependent on green water to survive.

Making rainwater harvesting where possible essential for survival and keeping food production going.

The only way we can meet the goals of 2050, is to ensure that we do our utmost best to manage blue, green and grey water and form partnerships instead of trying to create monopolies and power of who controls water and thus food production.