The Political Economy of Water Project

“The daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 litres, but it takes 2,000 to 5,000 litres of water to produce one person’s daily food.” FAO

The United Nations role in water is important for billions of people who find that their current water situation is below minimum standards. Through this series I have discussed water from the economic, social, scientific, education, and health aspects, as well as the environment and adaptation approaches to water. This will be the final part in this series and it will describe how the UN approaches water for agriculture.

Water is the key ingredient in global agriculture and its use is vital to ensure stability and generate economic growth in the developing world. Currently, 70% of water globally is used for agriculture. In many developing countries more than 85% of their water is used for agriculture which creates a very high dependence on a…

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