The connubium water-agriculture is indissoluble.
Crop productivity is strongly dependent on water
supply, and the need of irrigation is becoming more and more urgent in most
countries and for most crops. Climate change and variability increase the
fluctuations in precipitation and surface supplies and largely pose a major
threat on water availability. Agriculture irrigation accounts for 70% of water
use worldwide and competes with the needs of rising population and energy and
industry sectors. An adequate agriculture’s management of this precious
resource and the preservation of its quality are therefore essential to a
sustainable and productive agro-food sector in each country.
This meeting aims to address some of those aspects, rising the attention of decision and policy makers, technical consultants, stakeholders, general public and citizens on the increasing need to address sustainable water use and re-use.