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FAO Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change Opens

Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

15 December 2008: Speaking at the conference on “Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change,” taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 15-17 December 2008, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf stressed the importance of water management for food security. During the event, ministers from 53 African countries will consider a “Blue Revolution” programme designed to harness Africa's largely untapped water resources.

The $65 billion, 20-year programme details the irrigation and

hydroenergy investments required in each country in the context of

climate change. Delegates are expected to adopt a joint declaration

supporting water development to fully exploit the potentialities of

Africa's agriculture and energy sectors to ensure the continent's food

security and meet its increasing food and energy needs. [FAO Press Release] [Conference Website]