Webinar: Water productivity improvements: a silver bullet for the climate crisis?

  • Date

Thursday 14th July 15:00 – 16:30 CEST

The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) hosted by the FAO Land and Water Division invites you to its eighth webinar under the title: Water Productivity Improvements — A Silver Bullet for the Climate Crisis?

This webinar is organized by leading institutions on sustainable agricultural water use, including the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), the World Bank, the African Union, Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the WASAG working group on “Sustainable Agricultural Water Management”.

A White Paper titled ‘Can Water Productivity Improvements Save Us from Global Water Scarcity?’ has been drafted based on the discussions at the Working Group workshop (25-27 February 2020, at CHIEAM in Bari, Italy) and further consultations and literature research. The White Paper reviews the state of knowledge, presents relevant methodologies and approaches, and offers key policy recommendation to scale interventions and to ensure effective solutions across scales. The webinar will help to disseminate the messages and receive feedback from stakeholders.

This webinar will discuss the potential and limitations of water productivity interventions in helping water managers (from the farm to the basin level) to deal with growing scarcity due to climatic and other changes. The main messages of the White Paper on Water Productivity will be presented and feedback from key stakeholders will be received.



Mr Stefan Uhlenbrook, Strategic Program Director – Water, Food and Ecosystems, IWMI

Opening Remarks:

H.E. Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to FAO


  • Mr Winston Yu, World Bank
  • Ms Laura Sommer, Federal Office for Agriculture, FOAG, Switzerland
  • Mr Agbonlahor Mure Uhunamure, African Union
  • Mr Sudhanshu Kumar, innovative farmer, State of Bihar, India
  • Ms Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI

Closing Remarks: 

Ms Claudia Sadoff, Director General, IWMI