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Water is essential to human development and prosperity, yet many people still live without reliable access to this vital resource. Around the world, nearly 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water in their homes and about 4.4 billion lack access to proper sanitation. Residents of communities lacking a safe water supply and basic sanitation facilities wake up every day confronting threats of illness, lost income, or malnourishment.


Waterborne diseases result in 2 million deaths each year; the majority occurring in children. USAID and partners seek to improve health through safe drinking water and sanitation for the world’s most vulnerable.
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By 2050, food production will need to double from 2009 levels to accommodate population growth. USAID and its partners help communities grow more food with less water.


WATER SECURITY. Recognizing that water insecurity poses enormous challenges to stability and development, USAID works with at-risk communities throughout the world to more effectively navigate stronger floods, endure longer droughts, and cope with water supply variability.

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.

Globalwaters.org is supported by the USAID Water Office, with the aim of fostering global knowledge and collaboration for sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene access for all, and providing water practitioners with the latest news, learnings, and resources from USAID and our partners.