2012 World Water Day – Notable Excerpts on a Thirsty and Hungry World

Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 | 0 Comments »

Below includes notable articles with key excerpts regarding World Water Day as it relates to this year’s theme, Water and Food Security – the World is Thirsty because We are Hungry.

Millennium Villages Shed Light on Water Security on World Water Day
“Food production accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s freshwater use; one of the targets of the Stockholm statement is to increase water efficiency in agriculture by 20 percent. Irrigation produces about 40 percent of the world’s food production, and 17 percent more water will be required to meet the food needs of the growing population – expected to be about 8 billion by 2020. Any solution to the global water crisis must focus on improving agricultural water management – both rain-fed and irrigated systems.”
State of the Planet, March 22, 2012

Success In Hunger Fight Hinges on Better Use of Water
“Unless we increase our capacity to use water wisely in agriculture, we will fail to end hunger and we will open the door to a range of other ills, including drought, famine and political instability,”
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, March 22, 2012

Intelligence Agencies: Water Could Be Cause of Global Conflict in Coming Decades
“Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with climate change,”
Fox News, March 22, 2012

“Ripples on Water”: A Global Water Campaign
As the world’s population continues to grow, urbanize and become wealthier, the pressures on global water supplies are going to intensify. More water will be needed for industry, and more for food production. The natural systems that underpin the water cycle may be eyed up for the commercial development opportunities they offer, instead of the environmental services they provide.
Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, March 22, 2012

Water and Food Security Focus of World Water Day 2012
“The planet, at present, needs to feed 7 billion people, with an additional 2 billion more expected to be spared from hunger and thirst by 2050. With that challenge to provide food for 9 billion people, World Water Day (WWD), March 22, would be better celebrated by drawing global attention to the urgency of  water and food security.”
Business Mirror, March 21, 2012

Image Credit: UN World Water Day

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