The sustainable use of water as a vital resource is one of the major global challenges of the 21st century. This applies in particular to agriculture: approximately 70 percent of the freshwater used worldwide is used for the production of agricultural commodities. Estimates by UN suggest that the global demand for water in agriculture will increase by about 20 percent by 2050. Put simply, water is, together with soil, the most important input for agriculture. Only if agriculture has sufficient clean water it can fulfil its role as a major supplier of food and ensure food supplies for the growing world population.
In view of this global challenge, agriculture must find answers to the following questions:
- What part can agriculture, as a large user of water, play worldwide in the sustainable stewardship of water as a valuable resource and in maintaining water quality?
- Given the increasing competition over water usage, how can it be ensured that agriculture has access to water, and hence can provide the global population with food?
- How can agriculture contribute its considerable potential regarding the use of water towards political processes at international level?
The 2017 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) will address these questions and a range of other issues. From 19 – 21 January 2017, key international players from politics, industry, science and civil society will, at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and its cooperation partners, have the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas on “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World” and on related topics and regional aspects.
The many events carried out under the GFFA 2017 are intended to provide impetus for future developments in the area of “Agriculture and Water” at international level.
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