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Climate change, water and food security
  • Climate change, water and food security
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2011
  • This report summarizes current knowledge of the anticipated impacts of climate change on water availability for agriculture. The implications for local and national food security are examined; and the methods and approaches to assess climate change impacts on water and agriculture are discussed. The report emphasizes the need for a closer alignment between water and agricultural policies and makes the case for immediate implementation of 'no-regrets' strategies which have both positive development outcomes and make agricultural systems resilient to future imp...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Oceania
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Environment, Food security, Irrigation, Mitigation, Water allocation, Water availability, Water demand, Water management, Water policy, Water supply

Water for Food. Innovative water management technologies for food security and poverty alleviation
  • Water for Food. Innovative water management technologies for food security and poverty alleviation
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). May 2011
  • This paper sets out the water and food security challenges in Least Development Countries (LDCs) and developing countries. The document explores the rainfed-irrigation nexus in different regions of the world, looks at the technology's role and suggests some action actions that can be undertaken to improve food security and alleviate poverty.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Irrigation, Poverty reduction, Technology, Water availability, Water management

(The) State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011. Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development
  • (The) State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011. Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). March 2011
  • The 2010-2011 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture makes the "business case" for addressing gender issues in agriculture and rural employment and documents gender gaps in the access to a wide range of agricultural resources, including land, livestock, farm labour, education, extension services, credit, fertilizers and mechanical equipment. The report presents empirical estimates of the potential gains that could be achieved by closing the gender gap in agriculture and rural employment. It evaluates experiences from many countries with gender and devel...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Equity, Food security, Gender, Infrastructure, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Rural areas

Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2011
  • This report shows that there is a way forward for a more sustainable future where restoration of ecosystems, often in the green hills and watersheds surrounding cities, can provide cheaper, efficient and resilient water supply systems in a changing world. The case studies provided in this report present urban water challenges in African cities, and highlight approaches adopted to reduce the impacts of urbanisation on water and ecosystems. Seven case studies discuss urbanisation characteristics of their respective cities, state and trends of water withdrawals ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Informal settlements, Pollution, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water demand, Water management, Water quality, Water security, Water supply, Water treatment

(The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010
  • (The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). January 2011
  • The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture presents a world review of fisheries, aquaculture (including freshwater aquaculture) and related issues. It provides trends and statistics, highlights issues debated worldwide and profiles future scenarios.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Ecosystem services, Food security, Industry, Livelihoods, Poverty reduction, Water policy

Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • Ecosystems for Water and Food Security. Background document
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2011
  • The purpose of this document is to show how sustainable ecosystems, explicitly agroecosystems, are essential for water management and food production. This document provides background evidence illustrating the 3-way interdependence between ecosystems, water and food security, demonstrating how ecosystem management can be improved to ensure water availability and to avoid future food crises. It focuses primarily on how to achieve sustainable food production from a biophysical perspective and does not address per se the key social and institutional issues rela...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Water management

Drought vulnerability in the Arab region: Drought in Syria, ten years of scarce water (2000-2010) case study
  • Drought vulnerability in the Arab region: Drought in Syria, ten years of scarce water (2000-2010) case study
  • Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). 2011
  • This report addresses drought and focuses on Syria, considered one of the most economically affected countries by drought in the region. The case study provides information on historical droughts in the country between 2000-2010, including data on frequency, vulnerabilities and lessons learned with drought impacts.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Desertification, Drought, Food security

Africa Water Atlas. Summary for decision makers
  • Africa Water Atlas. Summary for decision makers
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2010
  • Summary for decision makers.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Climate change, Drinking water, Energy, Food security, Land degradation, Pollution, Sanitation, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Water balance, Water demand, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity, Watersheds

Africa Water Atlas
  • Africa Water Atlas
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2010
  • This Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of photos. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change. The Atlas starts with a special feature that focuses on the often two-sided nature of water issues in Africa: surplus and scarcity, under-developed and overexploited and challenges and opportuniti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Dams, Drinking water, Energy, Environment, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pollution, River Basin Management, Rural areas, Sanitation, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water allocation, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water governance, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds, Wetlands

Media as partners in education for sustainable development: A training and resource kit
  • Media as partners in education for sustainable development: A training and resource kit
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). June 2008
  • This guide for journalists attempts to provide media professionals with basic information about some priority issues for sustainable development. It also provides practical exercises to inspire investigative reporting, and draws links to existing experience that may enrich the information resources of media professionals. Chapter 3 "Resource depletion: freshwater" addresses different water-related issues, including: water scarcity, access to water and sanitation, food production and food security, climate change, desertification, the human right to water, etc. [Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Capacity building, Climate change, Communication, Conflicts, Desertification, Education, Environment, Food security, Groundwater, Human right to water and sanitation, Participation, Pollution, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water footprint, Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity

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