agriculture

Panel Discussion

Feeding a Thirsty World: Harnessing the Connections Between Food and Water Security – Panel Discussion (Live Stream)

Food and water security are deeply entwined. Seventy percent of global water use is for agriculture while more than 25 percent of the global population lives in areas facing severe water scarcity and more than 820 million people face chronic food deprivation. As the global population continues to rise and changing weather and climate patterns disrupts food and water availability, we need innovative and forward-looking approaches to securing food and water for vulnerable populations.

Article

Engaging Communities Through Landscape-Level Water Conservation in Jordan

By 2025, water demand in Jordan will exceed available resources by 26 percent. Shortages are due to rapid internal population growth, an influx of refugees, natural resource extraction, climate change, and excessive groundwater use that is twice the recharge rate. Renewable water supply currently only meets half of total water consumption in the Jordan. Although more than 90 percent of rainfall currently evaporates or runs off, and U.S.

Article

Harnessing the Power of the Web for Agricultural and Climate Data Analyses

Satellite imagery and remote sensing data assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in formulating monthly estimates of global production of 17 agricultural commodities. Using a wide range of data layers from several sources, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) developed the Global Agriculture and Disaster Assessment System (GADAS) platform for its analysts and other users to rapidly visualize the current conditions of crops around the world, and compare current conditions to historic trends for a particular crop or place. 

Article

Securing Water for Food – Global Waters In Focus

This Global Waters In Focus looks at the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Grand Challenge for Development. Since 2013, USAID has partnered with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the South Africa Department of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to develop science and technology solutions that allow farmers to produce more food with less water through the SWFF Grand Challenge for Development.

Evaluation

Final Performance Evaluation of Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development

The goal of Securing Water for Food (SWFF) was an innovation and acceleration initiative meant to source, incubate and accelerate high-potential technical solutions and/or business models that find new and sustain existing water supplies as well as lower overall water demands in the food value chain to reduce water scarcity and poverty.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Afghanistan Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM)

The Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM) project supports sustainable, agriculture-led economic growth by increasing the sustainable and productive use of water and strengthening water resource management. Specifically, SWIM:

  • Increases the sustainable and productive use of water for agriculture in targeted areas;
  • Strengthens the water regulatory environment; and
  • Strengthens local entities to manage water resources.

Last updated: July 2017