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Decision-Making by Water Managers Despite Climate Uncertainty  

Rob Wilby and Conor Murphy

Some of the most profound impacts of climate variability and change are expected in the water sector. These include more frequent, severe, and persistent droughts; more frequent, ... More

Dietary Patterns that Value People and the Planet  

Joanne Burke

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Sep 2018
Nourishing food and water are essential for human survival, as are the people who labour in the food system and the planetary ecosystems that underpin foraging, farming, and fishing. Our ... More

Disruptive Food Supply Chains: Bringing it all Back Home  

Tony Beck

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Oct 2018
Alternative food movements have, from their origins, espoused values of social justice and environmental stewardship in an attempt to challenge existing economic and social norms related ... More

A Farmer’s Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture, Soil, and Water Health  

Anthony J. Reynolds

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Aug 2018
Conservation agricultural practices have been widely adopted across the world in the past 30 years. Farmers recognized that their soils had been degraded by deep ploughing and by ... More

Farmer-led Water User Associations in Agricultural Water Management  

Rami Zurayk and Azza Dirar

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May 2018
Since agriculture consumes the largest share of the world’s water, farmers undoubtedly play an instrumental role in the management of this precious resource. As such, various policy ... More

Food and Water Management in Northwest Africa  

Mustapha Besbes, Jamel Chahed, and Abdelkader Hamdane

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May 2018
Northwest African countries (NA) consume 70 percent of their renewable water resources, and groundwater overdraft has become a major problem. Blue water irrigation represents 17 percent of ... More

Food and Water Management in Southern Africa  

Peter Johnston and Arthur Chapman

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May 2018
Irrigation is a critical input for raising food production in southern Africa, parts of which are food-insecure, especially as a result of low levels of technology employed, low ... More

Food and Water Security in North America’s Transboundary Sonoran Desert: A Water-Exporting Dryland  

America Lutz Ley, Ryan Lee, Yulia Peralta, and Christopher Scott

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Aug 2018
The United-States-Mexico food system, and in particular the section located in the Sonoran Desert, is an example of the detrimental effects that result from instensified food production to ... More

Food and Water Security in the Mediterranean Basin  

Michel Petit and Phillipe Le Grusse

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Jul 2018
The food and water challenges to be faced in the Mediterranean Basin, particularly those on the southern and eastern shores, are daunting. They form a complex nexus of problems and require ... More

Food and Water Security in West Asia  

Eckart Woertz

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May 2018
West Asia is one of the most water-scarce regions of the world and one of its foremost importers of virtual water despite sustained efforts at self-sufficiency, especially in cereal ... More

Food, Water and Society: An Analytical Framework  

Brendan Bromwich, Tony Allan, Anthony Colman, and Martin Keulertz

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May 2018
Society’s greatest use of water is in food production, a fact that puts farmers centre stage in global environmental management. Management of food value chains, however, is not well set ... More

The Future of Rice  

Phil Riddell and Biksham Gujja

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Nov 2018
This chapter considers the challenges and opportunities with respect to meeting the demand for rice in the context of a trade-based concept of water, food, and nutrition security. It notes ... More

Gender, Poverty and Politics Along the Real-Virtual Water Spectrum  

Floriane Clement and Alan Nicol

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Nov 2018
Whereas international debates have increasingly acknowledged the role of gender in food and water security, they have often focussed somewhat exclusively on the role of women in ... More

Global food Trade and Local Water Resources: Can We Bridge the Regulatory Gap?  

Arjen Hoekstra

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May 2018
Given that food production requires a lot of water, more than any other economic sector, one would expect that the world’s food production concentrates in places where water is relatively ... More

The Global Uptake of Conservation Agriculture and the Impact on Water-Related Ecosystem Services  

Amir Kassam and David Coates

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Oct 2018
Conventional tillage agriculture has a built-in propensity for soil erosion and land degradation leading to loss of ecosystem services that are required to sustain agricultural production ... More

Global Wheat Value Chains  

Ghada Ahmed

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Oct 2018
The globalization of agrifoods systems is transforming the value chain of multiple food commodities, including wheat. Demand for grains will continue to rise amidst challenges such as ... More

Green Water and Food Security  

Garrison Sposito

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May 2018
Green water is defined as the water in soil that is potentially available to plants for uptake and subsequent transpiration. Despite the fact that crop biomass is directly related to ... More

Green Water Used By Plants And Managed By Farmers: Measurement, Accounting, Policy  

David Leslie Dent

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May 2018
All fresh water is delivered by the soil. There are two critical junctures: when rain hits the ground—where it may infiltrate or run off carrying the soil with it; and in the soil ... More

Improving Infrastructure Resilience in Developing Countries  

Julie Rozenberg, Laura Bonzanigo, and Claire Nicolas

Increasing the amount of resilient infrastructure investments in developing countries is key to achieving development goals. Two issues need to be addressed to better support investment ... More

Incentive Programs to Address the Challenges of Hunger, Undernutrition, and Obesity in the United States  

Gus Schumacher and Emily Nink

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Aug 2018
Across the world, many people remain food insecure, and unhealthy dietary patterns are driving up health costs. Solutions to these problems will impact food production and water scarcity. ... More

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