Agriculture

Agriculture

Globally, about 70% of accessible fresh water is drawn by Agriculture.

Agriculture is the world’s largest fresh water user, accounting for over 70% of global consumption and contributes to polluting waters with nutrients and pesticides from agricultural runoff. Water availability is the key driver for food security, but water scarcity and increasing demand and growing competition for water from cities, industry and the environment, are placing immense pressures on water resources. There are opportunities to reduce fresh water consumption in agriculture while increasing agricultural production, such as wastewater reuse providing an alternative supply of water.

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Water-Wise Cities

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Strategies for Nexus Infrastructure in Africa

IWA produced a study for the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) that outlines a roadmap towards nexus solutions ...

Compendium of Water Quality Regulatory Frameworks:...

Promoting Efficient Water Use - State of the Art Overview of Water Quality Guidelines and Standards Worldwide. The Co...

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Optimizing Infrastructure and Technologies Across the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to Create Benefits and Long-term Sustainab...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

Cities today face many competing demands. They must ensure enough food and water to sustain growing populations, plan to adapt and mitigate impacts of climate c...
May 24, 2017
As the global population climbs toward 9 billion, rivers will experience tremendous pressure. To provide the necessary resources for our growing communities, mo...
February 17, 2017
As a fast growing economy, urbanising at an even faster rate, India is already water stressed. The severe drought of 2016, which affected more than half the cou...
January 19, 2017
As the sun sets over the lush fields in the Indian city of Kolkata, it suddenly dawns upon me: this is the circular economy in action. It may be a low-income, l...

News / Events

24 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 United States Of America/Oregon, Portland
24 Oct 2017 12:00:00 27 Oct 2017 18:00:00 Europe/London 53rd ISOCARP Congress:Smart Communities Supported IWA Event Oregon, Portland - United States Of America International Water Association contact@iwa.net
December 12, 2016
13 – 16 November 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina The International Water Association (IWA) and its main partner in Buenos Aires, Argentina´s Ministry of Intern...
November 14, 2016
2030 timeline to solve all major water challenges Solving global water challenges is now recognised as one of the top priorities for humankind. The recently ad...
12 Nov - 15 Nov 2017 Chile/Viña del Mar
12 Nov 2017 12:00:00 15 Nov 2017 18:00:00 Europe/London 8th Specialized Conference on Sustainable Viticulture, Winery Wastes & Agri-industrial Wastewater Management IWA Event Viña del Mar - Chile International Water Association contact@iwa.net