Water for FoodAgriculture 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.