Water for Food

Agriculture is by far the biggest user of the world's freshwater resources, accounting for nearly 70 percent of all withdrawals, and up to 95 percent in developing countries. With this in mind, UNW-DPC is actively engaged in the topic of agriculture and sustainable water use, demonstrated in its early involvement in activities such as the international capacity development workshop held together with UN ESCAP and UNDESA on "Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods" in Bangkok in January 2009.

Other activities on this topic have been a series of regional training workshops in Africa and Asia throughout 2009 and 2010 on the "AquaCrop" crop modeling software, together with FAO and local partners. Click here for more information.

Since November 2011, UNW-DPC has been involved in a major multi-stakeholder capacity development project on the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture", which brings together half a dozen UN-Water members and partners to engage in regional workshops around the world. More information on the project can be found at http://www.ais.unwater.org/wastewater.

UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue at Stockholm World Water Week

On 3 September 2014, U N-Water will be convening the UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue on “The Water, Energy and Food-Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the 2014 Stockholm World Water Week.

Proceedings for the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture" Project

UNW-DPC has published a proceedings for the UN-Water project on the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture", the 10th in its series of proceedings. The full downloadable PDF is available with other materials at the project's online platform in the UN-Water Activity Information System.

Wrap-up of the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture" Project

UNW-DPC, FAO, WHO, UNEP, UNU-INWEH, IWMI and ICID completed an international wrap-up event for the UN-Water capacity development project on the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture" in Tehran, Iran from 26-28 June 2013. The project, which was launched in Bonn in November 2011, has so far brought together over 150 participants from 70 countries, mostly representatives from ministries at various levels. Click here for the project platform and here for the summary report
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The 4th Regional Workshop in the "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture" Project

FAO and UNW-DPC, together with WHO, UNEP, UNU-INWEH, ICID, IWMI and local partner ANA (the Autoridad Nacional de Agua), organized the fourth in a series of regional workshops (this time for Latin American and Caribbean countries) in a multi-year UN-Water project on the “Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture” from 11-13 December in Lima, Peru. Click here for the full summary report.