The water and irrigation challenge

While the world population grew from 2.5 billion in 1950 to over 7.5 billion today, the irrigated area doubled and water withdrawals tripled. Agricultural productivity grew thanks to new crop varieties and fertilizers, fuelled by additional irrigation water. World food production outstripped population growth. And the greater use of water for irrigated agriculture benefited farmers and poor people—propelling economies, improving livelihoods, and fighting hunger.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with capacity development to support national irrigation management policies and projects through addressing the following important and relevant work areas at international and country levels:

– Advocating for political prioritisation.
– Cooperating on work programmes.
– Sharing and disseminating knowledge and experience.
– Developing new or improved solutions.
– Promoting sustainable and integrated water resources management.
– Building capacity of Partners and countries and other Stakeholders.
– Contributing to consistent monitoring systems.


  • Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)