Food and Water Security Under Changing Environmental Conditions

Background

Fresh water availability is crucial for food security as it is required for crop and livestock production. Population growth combined with dietary shifts and increasing relevance of non-food crops heavily increase the pressure on fresh water resources. At the same time, climate change strongly affects the spatial and temporal availability of fresh water. To ensure food security, especially concerning healthy diets, it is necessary to understand the interactions of water and food systems with their dynamic environment.

We welcome innovative contributions presenting sustainable adaptation strategies of food production systems to changing environmental conditions with respect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (esp. SDGs 2, 15) and the Paris Agreement – NAPs. Multi-disciplinary approaches taking into account different stakeholder levels are highly welcome. Besides technical solutions, contributions include climate change impact assessment, adaption strategies, decision support tools, and alternative water use strategies.

Objectives

Studies presented in this session combine multidisciplinary approaches to contribute to an understanding of interactions of food production systems to changing environmental conditions with a focus on water security and the UN SDGs.

Keywords

Sustainable NRM (Natural Resources Management), IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management), Land and Water Management, Agricultural Sustainability, Food Security, Water Use Efficiency

Structure

  • Keynote / introduction (10 min.)
  • Four presentations (à 10 minutes)
  • 2-3 poster presentations, if applicable (à 5 minutes)
  • Panel discussion with the presenters including specific and overall questions (fishbowl discussion), wrap-up: key take-away messages

Hosted by

Heinrich Hagel

Coordinator
Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim

Daniela Gomez

Coordinator
Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim
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