Challenges to water resources and nutrition security require new approaches, and a recent online workshop brought together communities from the two closely intertwined sectors to discuss the key linkages and identify a sustainable way forward.
Policy makers must look at the broader implications while researchers by nature zoom in on narrow issues, resulting in a communications malfunction between them. A recent paper on a framework for knowledge brokering aptly addresses this issue.
In Nepal, the legal quota for women’s participation in official community water management groups marks an important step towards gender equality. For meaningful change however, there also needs to be structural transformation.
Globally, land available for agriculture is shrinking due to urbanisation, and research shows that peatland can be converted into agriculturally productive land with the help of integrated water management for sustainable use.
For years, farmers in the coastal zone of Bangladesh have continually braced for a multitude of challenges. And the solution lies in working with farmers, communities and local institutions, combining low-tech water management innovations with better coordination and new crop varieties.
Agriculture is critical to the economies of developing countries. But there is a cost. Today, agricultural water pollution undermines economic growth and threatens the environmental and physical health of millions of people around the world. The annual social and economic costs of agricultural water pollution could reach trillions of dollars.Yet the issue receives scant attention in global research and debate.