Water-smart Agriculture

As the world's population booms towards 9 billion by 2050, the demand for agricultural products - food, fiber and fodder - will rise dramatically. Combined with the effects of climate change, these demands will put even more strain on land, water, energy and other resources that are already stretched.

There are a number of smart solutions that can be co-optimized and scaled-up in order to improve yields and meet growing food production demands while delivering energy and water efficiency.

The Challenge

Agriculture is by far the largest consumer of freshwater. More than 70% of the world’s blue water is used for irrigation. The challenge for the food production system is particularly marked in India, in the context of its highly fragile water resources and increasing hunger and malnutrition gap.

The Business Case

Businesses that are part of agriculture value chains benefit directly from improved water efficiency and more robust and resilient crop value chains. As co-users of water in a watershed, industries benefit from a reduced strain on water resources from agriculture and improved availability for all.

The Business Solution

With water efficiency in agriculture and farmer livelihoods as the focus, our Water-smart Agriculture initiative aims to identify smart, innovative and scalable business solutions and facilitate their co-implementation and scaling-up, starting with India.

Building on the water, energy, food and climate change nexus approach, our India Agriculture Tool will support businesses and the farming community by helping them make informed decisions as they implement agricultural solutions and ensuring that they effectively address the country's water sustainability challenge.

The solution works in alignment with our Climate-smart Agriculture program, with a focus on context-suited technologies to address the food system challenges that are specific to India.

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