Climate change, water and food security

Working and discussion papers
March 2009

This Background Note reviews current knowledge about the relationships between climate change, water and food security. The food price crisis of 2008 has led to the re-emergence of debates about global food security and its impact on prospects for achieving the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG): to end poverty and hunger. On top of a number of shorter-term triggers leading to volatile food prices, the longer-term negative impacts of climate change need attention. 

The Background Note lists policy areas that require action, including the development of long-term water policies and related strategies; increased water productivity through the promotion of  efficient irrigation and drainage systems; human resource, capacity and skills development of policy makers and end-users to help them deal with new challenges; through to increased investments in agriculture and rural development.

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