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Water and Food Security: World Water Day 2012

Water and Food Security: World Water Day 2012

Why is Water Important to Food Security?                             

  • How many litres of water does it take to produce these foods?Water is key to food security.
  • Food security exists when all people at all times have both physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary requirements for an active and healthy life.
  • People who have better access to water tend to have better levels of nourishment.
  • Lack of water can be a major cause of famine and malnutrition.
  • Drought is the most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries.
  • The human right to food depends heavily on access to natural resources, including water.
  • Large quantities of water are needed to produce food.
  • Climate change increases risks of extremes of water availability.
  • The gender gap in agriculture limits yields; women have unequal access to services and resource inputs.
  • Water resources are scarce.
  • The competition for water is increasing.
  • Land and water resources are degraded.

- UN World Water Day 2012
- Agriculture: San Diego's Working Water

Water Security for Food Security: Solutions

  • Produce more with less water: sustainable intensification.
  • Prepare for climate change and natural disasters.
  • Protect water resources.
  • Practice conservation agriculture.
  • Promote use of forests to capture and regulate water. Forests reduce the effects of floods and droughts and prevent soil erosion, landslides, desertification and salinization.
  • Re-use and recycle water.
  • Cut food waste and losses.
  • Improve the integration of different production systems.
  • Opt for sustainable and healthy diets.

Library and Campus Resources

Library Resources, Water and Food Security:

The atlas of climate change : mapping the world's greatest challenge The atlas of climate change : mapping the world's greatest challenge / Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006
Map Library (map): QC981.8.C5 D69 2006
Blue gold [videorecording] : world water wars / a Purple Turtle Films production ; a film by Sam Bozzo. Blue gold [videorecording] : world water wars / a Purple Turtle Films production ; a film by Sam Bozzo.
[United States] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2009
Media Library DVD 3684, HD1691
The bubble is close to bursting : a forecast of the main economic and geopolitical water issues likely to arise in the world during the next two decade The bubble is close to bursting : a forecast of the main economic and geopolitical water issues likely to arise in the world during the next two decades / World Economic Forum
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
G961 P9-1 Web Resource
Climate change and water technical paper of the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / edited by Bryson Bates, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Shaohong Wu, Jean Palutikof Climate change and water technical paper of the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / edited by Bryson Bates, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Shaohong Wu, Jean Palutikof
Geneva, Switzerland : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,2008
WRCA UCR Internet
Climate change in the Federated States of Micronesia : food and water security, climate risk management, and adaptive strategies: report of findings 2010 / By Charles H. Fletcher1 and Bruce M. Richmond Climate change in the Federated States of Micronesia : food and water security, climate risk management, and adaptive strategies: report of findings 2010/ By Charles H. Fletcher1 and Bruce M. Richmond
Honolulu, HI : University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program, 2010
WRCA G898 Q Web Resource
Closing the loop : ecological sanitation for food security / Steven A. Esrey...[et al.] Closing the loop : ecological sanitation for food security / Steven A. Esrey...[et al.]
Stockholm : Swedish international development cooperation agency (Sida). Department for natural resources and the environment, 2001
WRCA UCR 40.3 P1-2
Convenient solutions to an inconvenient truth : ecosystem-based approaches to climate change Convenient solutions to an inconvenient truth : ecosystem-based approaches to climate change
Washington, DC : World Bank, c2010 World Bank e-library online monographs
QC903
Crop ecology : productivity and management in agricultural systems / David J. Connor, Robert S. Loomis, Kenneth G. Cassman Crop ecology : productivity and management in agricultural systems / David J. Connor, Robert S. Loomis, Kenneth G. Cassman
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
S589.7
Dividing the waters : food security, ecosystem health, and the new politics of scarcity / Sandra Postel Dividing the waters : food security, ecosystem health, and the new politics of scarcity / Sandra Postel
Washington, D.C. : Worldwatch Institute, c1996
TD345 .P6697 1996
Domestic food security and increasing competition for water / by E. Phillip LeVeen Domestic food security and increasing competition for water / by E. Phillip LeVeen
Berkely, Calif. : [s.n.], 1983
WRCA UCR 70.3 M3
Environment, water resources and agricultural policies : lessons from China and OECD countries Environment, water resources and agricultural policies : lessons from China and OECD countries
Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006
S589.76.C6
Experiences and opportunities for promoting small-scale/micro irrigation and rainwater harvesting for food security in Ethiopia [electronic   resource] / S. B. Awulachew ... [et al.]. Experiences and opportunities for promoting small-scale/micro irrigation and rainwater harvesting for food security in Ethiopia / S. B. Awulachew ... [et al.].
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2005
G785 P5 Web Resource
Facing global environmental change : environmental, human, energy, food, health and water security concepts / Hans Günter Brauch ... [et   al.] Facing global environmental change : environmental, human, energy, food, health and water security concepts / Hans Günter Brauch ... [et al.]
Berlin : Springer, c2009
GE149
Fault lines in China's economic terrain / Charles Wolf, Jr. ... [et al.] Fault lines in China's economic terrain / Charles Wolf, Jr. ... [et al.]
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2003
Rivera HC427.95 .F37 2003
Flow [videorecording] : for love of water / a Steven Starr production ; in association with the Group Entertainment ; directed by Irena Salina. Flow [videorecording] : for love of water / a Steven Starr production ; in association with the Group Entertainment ; directed by Irena Salina.
[New York, N.Y.] : Oscilloscope Pictures, c2008.
WRCA UCR Sci Circ. DVD 41 P8 DVD
Food security in the United States / edited by Lawrence Busch and William B. Lacy Food security in the United States / edited by Lawrence Busch and William B. Lacy
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1984
HD1761 .F596 1984
From resource scarcity to ecological security : exploring new limits to growth / edited by Dennis Pirages and Ken Cousins From resource scarcity to ecological security : exploring new limits to growth / edited by Dennis Pirages and Ken Cousins
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2005
HC79.E5 F76 2005
Global change : impacts on water and food security / Claudia Ringler, Asit K. Biswas, Sarah A. Cline (Eds.) Global change : impacts on water and food security / Claudia Ringler, Asit K. Biswas, Sarah A. Cline (Eds.)
Berlin ; Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag, c2010, Catalog record.
Globalization, water & health : resource management in times of scarcity / edited by Linda Whiteford and Scott Whiteford Globalization, water & health : resource management in times of scarcity / edited by Linda Whiteford and Scott Whiteford
Santa Fe : School of American Research Press ; Oxford : James Currey, 2005
RA591 .G57 2005
Greywater Use in the Middle East : Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues Greywater Use in the Middle East : Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues
Ottawa : International Development Research Centre, 2010
Catalog record
Human security and the environment : international comparisons / edited by Edward A. Page, Michael Redclift Human security and the environment : international comparisons / edited by Edward A. Page, Michael Redclift Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, c2002 GE170 .H88 2002
Innovative approaches to agricultural water use for improving food security in Sub-Saharan Africa / A. Inocencio, H. Sally and D. J. Merrey Innovative approaches to agricultural water use for improving food security in Sub-Saharan Africa / A. Inocencio, H. Sally and D. J. Merrey
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, c2003
WRCA UCR G750 P3-1
Institutions, impact synergies and food security : a methodology with results from the Kala Oya Basin, Sri Lanka Institutions, impact synergies and food security : a methodology with results from the Kala Oya Basin, Sri Lanka / Rathinasamy Maria Saleth ... [et al.]
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2007
G847 N7 Web Resource
Integrated land and water management for food and environmental security / F. W. T. Penning de Vries ... [et al.] Integrated land and water management for food and environmental security / F. W. T. Penning de Vries ... [et al.]
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2004
WRCA UCR 41.1 P4-1 Web Resource
Integrated watershed management in the global ecosystem Integrated watershed management in the global ecosystem / edited by Rattan Lal
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2000
TC409
Liquid assets : the critical need to safeguard freshwater ecosystems Liquid assets : the critical need to safeguard freshwater ecosystems / Sandra Postel ; Lisa Mastny, editor
Washington, D.C. : Worldwatch Institute, c2005
QH541.5.F7 P85 2005
Living with the earth : concepts in environmental health science Living with the earth : concepts in environmental health science / Gary S. Moore
Boca Raton, Fla. : Lewis Publishers, c1999
RA565
NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Socio-Economic Stability and Water Productivity : Food and Water Security in Central Asia (2008 : Tashkent, Uzbekistan) NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Socio-Economic Stability and Water Productivity : Food and Water Security in Central Asia (2008 : Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Dordrecht : Springer, c2011 Catalog record
Plan B 3.0 : mobilizing to save civilization Plan B 3.0 : mobilizing to save civilization / Lester R. Brown
New York : W. W. Norton, c2008
HC79.E5 B7595 2008
Population puzzle : boom or bust Population puzzle : boom or bust? / edited by Laura E. Huggins and Hanna Skandera
Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, c2004
Rivera HB871 .P6695 2004
Proceedings of the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Sri Lanka, BMICH, Colombo, June 9-11, 2009 : water quality, environment and climate change Proceedings of the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Sri Lanka, BMICH, Colombo, June 9-11, 2009 : water quality, environment and climate change / Alexandra Evans and K. Jinapala, editors
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2010
Volume 1; Catalog record
Volume 2; Catalog record
Volume 3; Catalog record
Prospects for productive use of saline water in West Asia and North Africa Prospects for productive use of saline water in West Asia and North Africa / John Stenhouse and Jacob W. Kijne
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2006
WRCA UCR 77 P6 Web Resource
Remote sensing of global croplands for food security Remote sensing of global croplands for food security / edited by Prasad S. Thenkabail ... [et al.]
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2009 Catalog record.
Smallholder system innovations in integrated watershed management (SSI) : strategies of water for food and environmental security in drought-prone tropical and subtropical agro-ecosystems / Yogesh Bhatt ... [et al.] Smallholder system innovations in integrated watershed management (SSI) : strategies of water for food and environmental security in drought-prone tropical and subtropical agro-ecosystems / Yogesh Bhatt ... [et al.]
Colombo, Sri Lanka : International Water Management Institute, 2006
WRCA UCR G750 P6-2 Web Resource
Sustainability in food and water : an asian perspective Sustainability in food and water : an asian perspective / Kensuke Fukushi... [et al.], editors
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2010, Catalog record
Tapped [videorecording] / Atlas Films presents ; a film by Stephanie Soechtig ; produced by Stephanie Soechtig and Sarah Gibson ; co-directed by Jason Lindsey ; directed by Stephanie Soechtig. Tapped [videorecording] / Atlas Films presents ; a film by Stephanie Soechtig ; produced by Stephanie Soechtig and Sarah Gibson ; co-directed by Jason Lindsey ; directed by Stephanie Soechtig.
[New York] : Disinformation Co., [2010]
Media Library DVD 4018, HD9349.M542
Thicker than water : the political ecology of a new irrigation system in Totora, Bolivia Thicker than water : the political ecology of a new irrigation system in Totora, Bolivia / by Carrie Anne Furman
2008
F2230.2.K4
Threats to food and water chain infrastructure Threats to food and water chain infrastructure / edited by Virginia Koukouliou, Magdalena Ujevic, Otto Premstaller
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, c2010
HV6433.5
Water and poverty : the themes : a collection of thematic papers Water and poverty : the themes : a collection of thematic papers
[Manila?] : Asian Development Bank, 2004
WRCA UCR 70.3 W-2 no.4
Water for food in a changing world / edited by Alberto Garrido and Helen Ingram Water for food in a changing world / edited by Alberto Garrido and Helen Ingram
London : Routledge, 2011, Catalog record
Water productivity in rainfed agriculture : redrawing the rainbow of water to achieve food security in rainfed smallholder systems / by Hodson Makurira Water productivity in rainfed agriculture : redrawing the rainbow of water to achieve food security in rainfed smallholder systems / by Hodson Makurira
Leiden : CRC Press, 2010, Catalog record
World food security : a history since 1945 / D. John Shaw World food security : a history since 1945 / D. John Shaw
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Rivera HD9000.5 .S425 2007
Water security : the water-food-energy-climate nexus : the World Economic Forum water initiative / [edited by Dominic Waughray] Water security : the water-food-energy-climate nexus : the World Economic Forum water initiative / [edited by Dominic Waughray]
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2011
HD1691

This exhibit was created on March 13, 2012 and  designed by Margaret Hogarth and Linda Vida.


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