World Water Week kicks off on Monday, August 26, 2012. The theme for this year’s event is Water and Food Security. This is a rather timely theme considering the fact that a good portion of the nation is dealing with significant drought conditions and pictures of dead or dying corn stalks are a common sight on the nightly news shows.
Although the World Water Week events will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, organizations from around the world are already taking the international attention of World Water Week as an opportunity to highlight water crisis issues.
Acting executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute discusses the fact that water and food security are inseparable issues in this interview with the Inter Press Service.
“Water and food security are in focus this year because we cannot achieve one without the other. We will key in on the huge opportunities to sustain a healthy global population without overtaxing water resources. We must invest heavily in increasing efficiency in agriculture, especially in the developing world, and take advantage of the business opportunities that exist in reducing losses in the food supply chain.”
The British Red Cross blog is featuring a photo gallery in honor of World Water Week 2012. Through photos, the blog highlights the effects that water issues have on women and children, a cholera outbreak in Ethiopia and how women in the Sahel are managing to grow fresh vegetables despite the drought.
Attention statistics junkies, the UN-Water Key Water Indicator Portal is now live. The website is designed to be a one-stop shop for water data. One data that is very eye opening is the “percent of population with access to improved water resources.” More than 80 percent of the population here in the United States has access to clean water but when you look at the continent of Africa, the picture is a lot different. Most of the central portion of the continent is in the 40 to 60 percent access category.
Government agencies and nonprofit organizations aren’t the only entities that have to focus on water and food security issues, businesses also need to do their part. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and SustainAbility have published the third edition of the Water for Business Guide in preparation for World Water Week 2012. The guide is designed to help businesses develop and implement water-management initiatives.