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FAO’s State of the World’s Land and Water Resources Stresses Climate Impacts on Agriculture

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture28 November 2011: Numerous food producing systems across the world are facing the risk of breakdown, according to "The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture" published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

The report notes that, while food production has increased dramatically across the world over the past 50 years, it has often been associated with management practices resulting in land and water degradation. Coupled with a growing world population, this degradation poses significant risks to food security. The report calls for improved efficiency of water use, better knowledge development and training, the integration of climate-smart production models, increased investment in agricultural development and harmonization of national policies and actions.

The report also includes examples of successful actions that may be scaled, as well as a broad typology of land systems at risk, including to climate impacts. [FAO Press Release]  [Publication: Summary Report on State of World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture] [FAO Website on State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture] [UN Press Release]