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Water, food and poverty


Modern irrigation is one of the success stories of the 20th century. As the world’s population doubled, irrigated farming expanded from 40 million hectares to almost 300 million hectares today – a seven-fold increase.

Global agricultural food production already accounts for 70 percent of all water withdrawn from rivers and aquifers. Climate change will only make matters worse.

Can agricultural water management technologies provide innovative solutions that meet this challenge of feeding a growing population by producing more food but with fewer resources?


Learn more about the water-food-poverty nexus in this UNCTAD paper.

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