Policies for Water and Food Security in the Dry Areas
Cairo, 24-26 June 2013.
Sound policies for food security and agricultural water management are critical for national economies – and particularly for dryland areas, where water resources are already scarce, and declining rapidly.
The development of such policies requires an assessment of the current state of knowledge; the lessons learned from R&D programs in different countries; and a better understanding of the inter-relationships between water policies, food security, employment and the environment.
Various countries will present lessons learned on these three themes.
The conference will examine the effectiveness of current and alternative water and food policy options, and identify strategies to enhance land and water productivity, food security, employment generation on and livelihoods.
Policy makers, researchers, development agencies, NGOs, donors, and the private sector will share ideas on how to develop more effective policies to improve food security, job creation and water management in dry areas.
We welcome conceptual papers, empirical research, case studies and success stories. Papers should focus on one of the conference’s emerging issues and potential solutions.
Abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be submitted by 20th April 2013, presentation on at the conference, authors will be requested to submit full papers by 15th May 2013.
Theme 1 - Incentives for sustainable and Efficient Water Allocation and Management
Policies must improve efficiency in water allocation, and reduce financial and environmental costs of water delivery and use. The conference will explore new approaches (e.g. opportunity cost pricing, consumption-based charges) for creating incentives for efficient use of water; cost-rationalization on policies; and their impacts on productivity, efficiency, food security and environmental sustainability.
Theme 2 - Interactions between water management, Food production & Employment Opportunities
Appropriate water policies can encourage the sustainable expansion of irrigation, creating employment and income opportunities in agriculture. For example, agricultural intensification on (e.g. higher yields, multiple cropping) increases demand for agricultural labor. Irrigation development creates new demand for labor for construction and maintenance of canals, wells, and pumps.
This theme will cover:
Theme 3 - Policies for enhancing food security
Case studies of integrated research approaches, and large-scale food security and
water management projects: