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Setting the stage for a fruitful forum

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


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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.


Over the three-day event, a mix of scientists, agricultural economists and social development experts will be presenting on the subject of water and food security from various perspectives to drive a better understanding of the interdependency of water management, food security, employment and the environment in general.  The presentations will address four thematic areas:
  •    •   Incentives for sustainable and efficient water allocation and management
       •   Interactions between water management, food security and employment
       •   Coping with water scarcity: the water and food security nexus
       •   Policies for enhancing food security

Several researchers will be presenting on model integrated approaches to water management, food security and socio-economic progress, laying the framework for recommended strategies for policy-makers to consider. Additionally, countries like China, India, Turkey, Iran, Syria and Ethiopia will present national case studies to share challenges and success stories on their water and food security approaches.  Along with exchanging experiences, delegates will learn the latest sustainable water management technologies from experts in the field.


These talks are expected to bring out the risks and benefits of current water policies and practices and the trade-offs between different policy objectives such as food security and the environment. In conclusion, the big push will be towards crafting technology and policy solutions that can sustainably boost land and water productivity in the dryland areas and improve the incomes of smallholder farmers