To make matters worse, water scarcity is forecast to intensify in the years and decades ahead. Due to climate variability and rapid population growth—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and portions of South America and the Middle East—it is predicted that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed conditions by 2025 if current water consumption patterns hold. Meanwhile, a projected global population of 9.8 billion by mid-century will require food production output to double compared to 2009 levels, placing unprecedented strain on soil and water resources.
For that reason, improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) service provision and greater agricultural water-use efficiency are strategic priorities for USAID and its partners in the global development community as we work collectively to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
USAID water programming is currently guided by the Agency's first-ever Water and Development Strategy, launched in 2013. In support of SDG 6, which aims to provide universal access to clean water and improved sanitation within 15 years, the Strategy empowers USAID to maximize the impact, cost-efficiency, and sustainability of water interventions by more effectively integrating water across agriculture, health, and climate change programming.
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