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The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture. Managing systems at risk

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture. Managing systems at risk
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2011
  • This report examines the kinds of production responses needed to meet demand. It also assesses the potential of the world's land and water resources to support these desired increases in output and productivity. Risks and tradeoffs are examined, and options reviewed for managing these without harm to the resource base. Chapter 1 analyses the current status of land and water resources together with trends. It assesses the biophysical and technical aspects of the resources and their use, and presents projections for the year 2050. Chapter 2 reviews current institutional arrangements, and assesses socio-economic and environmental impacts of current land and water management. Chapter 3 reviews current and future threats to land and water and their implications for a series of major systems at risk. Chapter 5 assesses the institutional responses at local, national and international levels, with an analysis of lessons for the future. Finally, Chapter 6 draws conclusions and advances policy recommendations.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Agroforestry, Climate change, Desertification, Ecosystem services, Food security, Green economy, Investments, Irrigation, Land management, Pollution, Rainwater harvesting, River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water allocation, Water availability, Water demand, Water management, Water policy
  • Main target audience: Agriculture sector, Decision makers, Governments, Land-use planners, National administrations, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Glossary, Indicators, Lessons learned, Maps, Milestones, Recommendations
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Published in 2014