New Report: Water, Food Security and Human Dignity

The tenth volume of the Swedish FAO Committee’s series of discussion papers has recently been published. Authored by Jan Lundqvist and Jenny Grönwall of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Anders Jägerskog at Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the report discusses the global significance of water for food security for different groups of people.

WLE Program Director Andrew Noble contributed to the report by outlining some specific criteria for sustainable agricultural intensification. Pointing out that it is no longer enough to just increase yields without adverse environmental impacts and the cultivation of more land, he argues that it is also important to:

  • manage land, water and ecosystems in a way that enhances field, watershed and regional scales to deal with more frequent multiple shocks
  • secure long-term viability by ensuring that agricultural impacts on Earth system processes are minimized, to avoid disrupting the Earth system

Read SIWI’s announcement.

Read the full report.