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By the year 2050, agriculture will need to produce 50% more food globally, and 100% more in developing countries to feed a population predicted to reach nine billion. Globally, agriculture currently uses nearly 70% of the world’s fresh water, primarily for irrigation. Inefficient use of water for crop production depletes aquifers, reduces river flows, degrades wildlife habitats, and has caused salinization of 20% of the global irrigated land area. The demands on the world’s freshwater resources to produce more food, fuel and fiber for a growing population are unsustainable.
This month to recognize the United Nations’ World Water Day on March 22, we will focus on how water availability impacts agriculture and how plant science research can help preserve natural resources.
Drought is the number one stress crops endure which limits yield. Knowledge gained from basic research will be important to developing applications for improved crop varieties that are able to better withstand low water conditions as well as changes in temperature.
Food and energy crops cannot grow without water, but improving their response to drought will help them yield more crop per drop. Join us next week to more learn how agriculture impacts water.
We hope we inspire you as we celebrate World Water Day this month.
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