Remote sensing is a powerful tool that can be harnessed to understand and support the development of irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa. But without considering how data are generated and interpreted we risk further marginalizing the interests and needs of the region's smallholder farmers.
A new policy paper proposes a more integrated alternative to conventional water storage strategies. This approach could translate into more reliable water supplies and enhanced resilience against a backdrop of climate change and increasing pressure on dwindling water resources.
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.
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.
In the "land of five rivers", groundwater depletion has been catching up fast - as it has been doing over all states of India, and it urgently calls for a broader and more viable approach driven by the food-energy-water nexus.