Around 4 percent of the world’s food production depends on South Asia’s breadbasket basin. The Ganges Basin is increasingly challenged by the reduced availability of groundwater and surface water, climate extreme events, deforestation, pollution and severe ecosystem degradation. The lack of inter-sectoral coordination stresses WEFE resources across basins characterized by growing populations and agricultural water demand. Sustainable, integrated approaches to water storage and productivity are needed to improve food security and achieve more inclusive socioeconomic development. NEXUS Gains will work with stakeholders at multiple scales and across multiple sectors in India and Nepal to build on existing knowledge and institutions for improved system-level productivity.
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