Ensuring water and food security takes centre stage at World Water Week 2012 #wwweek #ifadwater

This morning when I pulled out the 2012 World Water Week Programme, focusing on water and food security, I remembered my own state of mind last year this time and how I spent a good part of my summer "holidays" co-organizing the Second Global Knowledge Share Fair - better known as #sfrome.

I commend the World Water Week organizers for putting together such an impressive programme. Browsing through it, I thought of the weeks and days they must have spent in putting it together. I can imagine all the follow-up phones calls and emails with the various session holders, drafting and proof-reading the programme, the logistics, putting together a motivated team to pull off a first-class event!

This year, I will not spend a good part of my "holidays" organizing a massive event, rather, I am looking forward to spending part of my holidays facilitating a couple of sessions at the forthcoming World Water Week in Stockholm.

Congratulations to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and all the key collaborating partners for putting together what promises to be an engaging and interesting week and for focusing on Water and Food Security.

The readers of this blog know that agriculture is a thirsty business.  I am sure it does not come as a surprise that to meet the demand of world's 9 billion people in 2050, the world needs 10% increase in water for agricultural use. So the challenge facing us is how can we overcome this challenge and ensure a food security future for all.

Per Bertilsson, the acting Executive Director of SIWI, in his welcome note to the participants says "feeding everyone in the future with limited water resources means that we have to become better at growing more ' crops per drop'  as well as revisit our thinking regarding how we produce, consume and trade food all along the food chain."

We, at IFAD, cannot agree more with this statement. This year, we are lucky enough to be in the good company of the many people who we work with and serve. Together, we'll be able to share our experiences in this field at the following events:

26 August 2012, 09.00 – 12.30Micro-irrigation for food security: the untold stories of forgotten stakeholders
26 August 2012, 2:00 – 5.30Communities of practice, financial and institutional tools for sustainable water management in Africa.
28 August 2012, 09.00 – 5.30Workshop: Governance for water and food security
28 August 2012, 09.00 – 12.30Investment options at scale, new directions in water for food
28 August 2012, 5.45 – 6.45Water for food security: what role for water law?
30 August 2012, 2.00 – 5.30Bridging the knowledge gap: New era of water challenges and new generation of water professionals
30 August 2012, 9.00 - 3.30Workshop: Securing Water and Food in an Urbanising World

We look forward to your active participation and to hear your views and ideas on how together we can overcome this massive challenge.

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