Nutrition-Sensitive Irrigation – Pathways

The world’s demand for food is expected to double within the next 50 years, while the natural resources that sustain agriculture will become increasingly scarce, degraded, and vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In many poor countries, agriculture accounts for at least 40 percent of GDP and 80 percent of employment. At the same time, about 70 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Increasing water availability for agriculture holds great promise for improving nutrition through increasing food production, generating income, enhancing water access, promoting hygiene, and empowering women.

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