International Conference: Policies for Water and Food Security in the Dry Areas
Cairo, 24-26 June 2013

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Highlights from the Final Day

Day 3 of the International Conference on Policies for Water and Food Security in Dry Areas featured lively debate, a third round of country case studies and the presentation of the synthesis of the four conference sessions - into key messages, recommendations and action points, and a proposal for taking the conference work forward over the coming years.

Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of the conference saw a series of policy interactions and debates that brought new perspectives on the conference themes of: water-food-employment policies and coping with water scarcity. These findings will feed into the synthesis process on the final day of the meeting.

Debating the three Ps of water governance

What should the policymakers consider in drafting a sound water governance program? The panel discussions has seen some lively exchange from policy, science and development experts as they voiced their views and posed some challenging questions to their peers.

Highlights from Day 1

The three-day dialogue and discussion at the conference kicked off yesterday with some 150 policymakers, development experts and researchers convening from 30 countries. During their first day together, the attending delegates explored common approaches that can be adopted among dryland countries and regions to improve water and food security and rural livelihoods.

What to expect as a tangible takeaway

As the conference kicks off today, some 200 delegates from 30 countries will learn and understand over the next three day the deep nexus between water management, food security and socio-economic development. The big question however is, how will it translate into concrete action on ground back home?

Setting the stage for a fruitful forum

Developing sound policies for food security and agricultural water management will require taking stock of the current state of knowledge and more importantly, sharing lessons learned from a vast cross-section of stakeholders. With senior policy-makers and water and agriculture experts participating from 30 countries across the African and Asian drylands, the International Conference on Policies for Food and Water Security is set to provide a robust forum for discussions, debate and a roadmap for action.

The call for action on water and food policies in dry areas

In conversation with Dr. Mahmoud El-Solh, Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

How do you assess the urgency of action on water security as we grapple with food security and development in today’s world?
Water security is at the heart of food security and sustainable development particularly in dry areas. And today ...

Why is the conference important to development in drylands

Dry areas cover more than 40% of the world’s land surface and are home to 2.5 billion people, including some of the poorest on the globe. While these dry areas have to make do with less than 8% of the world’s renewable water resources, they are further challenged by extreme temperatures, frequent drought, land degradation and desertification.