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March 22 was World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations in 1993 to recognize the importance of water in our lives. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. 22 years later, World Water Day is still celebrated around the globe shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. In 2015, we are reflecting on water for agriculture efficiency.
This month we have focused on the following:
As members of the plant science research and agriculture innovation community, the issue of water scarcity, usage and availability is of utmost importance as currently 70 percent of the world’s fresh water is used for agriculture.
Water is the foundation for all forms of life and it is absolutely necessary for our environment to flourish. At the current consumption rate, by 2024 two of every three people will live in water stressed conditions. Effective water management requires cooperation at the local and international scale in order to sustain agriculture and plant science research and innovation. When water resources are shared and managed effectively, peace and sustainable development are more attainable.
The demand for freshwater and energy will continue to increase significantly over the coming decades. This increase will present big challenges and strain resources in nearly all regions, especially in developing and emerging economies. We hope you join us to help improve the human condition through plant science as we research ways to preserve and renew our environment to develop plants that utilize water more efficiently.
Sources: UN World Water Day
We hope we inspired you as we celebrate World Water Day this month.
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