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22 Jan 2022

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture – Systems at breaking point (SOLAW 2021):  Satisfying the changing food habits and increased demand for food intensifies pressure on the world’s water, land, and soil resources. However, agriculture bears great promise to alleviate these pressures and provide multiple opportunities to contribute to global goals. Sustainable agricultural practices lead to water saving, soil conservation, sustainable land management, conservation of natural resources, ecosystem, and climate change benefits. Accomplishing this requires accurate information and a major change in how we manage these resources. It also requires complementing efforts from outside the natural resources management domain to maximize synergies and manage trade-offs.

Read the full Report>>>> The objective of SOLAW 2021 is to build awareness of the status of land and water resources, highlighting the risks, and informing on related opportunities and challenges, also underlining the essential contribution of appropriate policies, institutions, and investments. Recent assessments, projections, and scenarios from the international community show the continued and increasing depletion of land and water resources, loss of biodiversity, associated degradation and pollution, and scarcity in primary natural resources. SOLAW 2021 highlights the major risks and trends related to land and water and presents means of resolving competition among users and generating multiple benefits for people and the environment.

The DPSIR framework was followed in order to identify the Drivers, Pressures, Status, Impacts, and Responses. SOLAW 2021 provides an update of the knowledge base and presents a suite of responses and actions to inform decision-makers in the public, private, and civil sectors for a transformation from degradation and vulnerability toward sustainability and resilience. #land resources; #water resources; #climate change; #land degradation; #water scarcity; #extreme weather events; #agrifood systems; #land access#land governance; #sustainability; #sustainable investment; #world

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10 Jul 2019

Opinion: Why sustainable agriculture requires traditional knowledge

Why traditional knowledge – not external tech – is the key to truly sustainable agriculture

Substituting organic “bio-inputs” for synthetic agrochemicals is still a one-size-fits-all, technology-focused solution, which means it won’t lead to sustainable agriculture

July 10, 2019 — The idea that our current agricultural and food system needs adjusting isn’t exactly revolutionary these days. In fact, many scientists and others believe that it could use an entire overhaul. After decades of technological advances focused on grain production and the development of synthetic inputs, there is finally recognition that the benefits — higher crop yields and increased food supply — also come with side effects. These include widespread soil and water contamination, human displacement from the expansion of large-scale monoculture farm operations, health impacts including diabetes, and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, among others.

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