Agricultural success hinges on many factors, the number one most common fear is the lack of fresh water. There is a direct correlation between hunger, poverty and water shortages.
Stretching the available water:
- Efficient Irrigation Technology: Shifting crops irrigated using flood irrigation, sprinkler and drip.
- Advance Irrigation Management: Apply modern management methods to save water.
- Modest Crop Shift: Reduce percentage of lower-value, water-intense crops to higher-value, water-efficient crops.
- Smart Irrigation Scheduling: Using irrigation scheduling information for precise irrigation.
- An estimated $60b was lost due to drought in 2012
- Agriculture uses 70% of freshwater consumed
- Water shortage is the major impact on food security
- To grow enough food for one person requires 2,000 liters of water per day
- Create infrastructure for training and knowledge sharing on modern irrigation techniques
- Expand access to water technology – convert from flood to drip or sprinkler irrigation
- Modernization of existing systems – eliminate weakage, evaporation
- Incentives such as affordable credits for farmers to improve irrigation
- Financial risk management mechanisms such as crop insurance