Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-general QU Dong Yu said that food security can only be achieved with water security to improve integrated water management while improving quality of life and quality of life. Called for positive measures. The Executive Secretary spoke at a high-level presentation of the 2021 Climate Services Status: Water Report, led by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and incorporating the views of FAO experts.
The new study explores the progress made by countries in using climate services to address water-related challenges. It highlights the gaps in user engagement, forecasting, observing networks, and data collection that still exist.
“Staple food production in many agri-food based countries remains largely rain-fed and fragile against fluctuations from weather and climate variability”, the Director-General said noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed vulnerabilities, especially of rural communities.
FAO estimates that approximately 3.2 billion rural populations are currently affected by high or very high water shortages or shortages, with one-sixth of the world’s population living in very dry agricultural areas. doing. In addition, more than 170 million hectares, more than 60 percent of irrigated arable land, are exposed to high water stress.
Regarding the negative impact of water scarcity and floods on food security and socio-economic conditions in rural areas, the Director-General emphasized the importance of effective water management approaches to adapt agricultural systems to extreme hydro climatological events. Emphasized. He praised his report on clear recommendations for improving the implementation and effectiveness of climate services for water around the world.
In his remarks, Qu cited three key factors that will help enhance the performance of water systems in the face of the climate crisis, including improved water management; policies and institutional capacities; as well as increased investments in integrated water resources management, especially in Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.
The Director-General also pointed to the need to fill knowledge gaps on climate services in the water sector.
In conclusion, Qu reaffirmed FAO’s commitment to strengthen its work with WMO and other partners to increase the resilience of rural communities for water security and food security in the future.
FAO’s joint work with the WMO in the framework of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation provides high-quality data for evidence-based policymaking, regulations, planning, decisions and investments at all levels.
FAO’s new Strategic Framework 2022-2031 also reflects its commitment to strengthening the contribution of agri-food systems to reducing the impacts of the climate crisis. The Organization is scaling up early warning systems for early action to advance knowledge and promote innovation, moving from risk mitigation to transformative change through improved water management. One of these innovations is FAO’s WaPOR programme that monitors crop production and crop water use by satellite remote sensing.
The launch event also saw the participation of Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of WMO, and Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as well as hundreds of stakeholders engaged in implementing or supporting the application of climate services for effective adaptation in the water sector.