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Water for Food Water for Life: a comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture
Edited by David Molden.

About this book
Managing water resources is one of the most pressing challenges of our times, fundamental to how we feed 2 billion more people in coming decades, eliminate poverty, and reverse ecosystem degradation. This comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture, involving more than 700 leading specialists, evaluates current thinking on water and its interplay with agriculture to help chart the way forward. It offers actions for water management and water policy to ensure more equitable and effective use.

This assessment describes key water-food-environment trends that influence our lives today and uses scenarios to explore the consequences of a range of potential investments. It aims to inform investors and policymakers about water and food choices in light of such crucial influences as poverty, ecosystems, governance, and productivity. It covers rainfed agriculture, irrigation, groundwater, marginal-quality water, fisheries, livestock, rice, land, and river basins. Ample tables, graphs, and references make this an invaluable work for practitioners, academics, researchers, and policymakers in water management, agriculture, conservation, and development.

Published with IWMI.

Review quotes
"The world water crisis has caught us unawares, with a series of local hydrological pinchpoints rapidly escalating into a global pandemic of empty rivers, dry boreholes, and wrecked wetlands as profound as, and often linked to, climate change. The water crisis has badly needed its equivalent of the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And for the two-thirds of the world's water that is used for agriculture, the comprehensive assessment provides just that. Timely, forensic, and unflinching in its analysis, forward thinking and strategic in its search for practical solutions, this is a landmark."—Fred Pearce, author of When The Rivers Run Dry and frequent contributor to New Scientist.

"A wake-up call to policy makers bringing attention, understanding and ultimately hope to the crucial need for better agricultural water management in all its forms, to feed future generations and sustain thriving rural communities and ecosystems."—Peter Lee, president, ICID.

About the editor
David Molden is deputy director general, research, at the International Water Management Institute and coordinator of the comprehensive assessment for water management in agriculture. His passion for water issues was sparked while helping villagers organize to develop a drinking water well in Lesotho. With a PhD from Colorado State University, United States, and specialties in groundwater hydrology and irrigation, has since developed broader interests in integrating social and technical aspects of water management. Has lived and worked closely with local communities and governments in Botswana, Egypt, India, Lesotho, and Nepal.

This book costs £37.99. Please send us an enquiry for purchase information.


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