Unlocking the power of water: Seven interventions to transform food systems
Water is essential for all life on earth and is central to the healthy functioning and sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems. But what about the profound impact of water on our food systems?
The Food and Agriculture Organization highlights that 3.2 billion people already live in regions facing high to very high water shortages. The UN’S World Water Assessment Report goes further, revealing that almost half of the world’s population grapples with potential water scarcity for at least one month each year. Additionally, the challenges of climate change, shifts in land use, biodiversity loss, urbanization and evolving lifestyles and diets are altering natural water cycles and resource availability, impacting food systems. All this while agriculture accounts for 72% of global freshwater withdrawals.