Water threat to world food security

2012-03-15 14:35
Marseille - The wasteful way in which water is used for crop irrigation is a threat to world food security, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) warned.

"If we do not reform, 50% of global grain production will be at risk within a generation," it said in a report released to coincide with the World Water Forum (WWF), underway in Marseille, France.

Such a loss of food production would lead to "massive political instability and conflict".

The GEF is the world's biggest funder of environmental projects in developing countries, uniting various international agencies, development banks and more than 180 member governments.

According to the report, titled "Contributing to Global Security", rapid global change is placing increasing stress on the world's freshwater

"Global economic policies, together with an increasing population, and frequent droughts and floods caused by the warming of our planet, are all making the situation even worse."

About a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, a similar number are undernourished, and 2.6 billion lack access to adequate sanitation.

"If we continue with a business-as-usual approach, in less than 20 years we will have 40% less freshwater than we need to ensure basic water, food and energy security for our communities," GEF said in the report.

Countries could no longer stick their heads in the sand and simply hope that next year would bring timely rains, rather than droughts or floods.

"We know that it is possible to achieve long-term water, food and energy security on our planet, but urgent action is needed now."

The WWF ends in Marseille on Friday. The theme for the forum's sixth triennial meeting is "Time for Solutions".

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    environment

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

De Allende's star burns bright
Boks were 'in a dark space'
Pacific island teams singled out for rough tactics?
Ireland favourites but France bullish
Traffic Alerts

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal scenario...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.