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FAO. 2024. Report of the 2020 WASAG Webinar Series. Rome.



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    1st WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture - Executive summary
    Celebrating World Water Day 2019: 19–22 March 2019 | Praia, Cabo Verde
    2021
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    From Rome to Praia, the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) has brought together many partners across the globe and across sectors to tackle pressing water issues related to agriculture and food production. WASAG’s vision is of a world whose food systems are secure and resilient to increasing water scarcity in a changing climate. WASAG’s 1st International Forum held in Praia, Cabo Verde from 19 to 22 March 2019, aimed at identifying concrete - practical, innovative and collaborative - solutions to address water scarcity in agriculture in a changing climate. With a focus on Cabo Verde, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and West African countries, the Forum was organized around the following six main thematic areas: water and migration, drought preparedness, financing mechanisms, water and nutrition, sustainable agriculture water use and saline agriculture. This executive summary presents the key issues raised during the Forum’s technical sessions and side events, as well as key messages from these sessions. As a result, these discussions which were led by the six working groups of WASAG were synthetized in a set of 17 commitments, called the Praia Commitment which was adopted by the Partners at the conclusion of the Forum. This important milestone will now translate the work of WASAG into actions that can be monitored. The Praia Commitment is an achievement and an undeniable call for action through the Global Framework.
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    Report of the Second WASAG International Forum
    Making agriculture resilient for climate change: Water scarcity, an opportunity for action and collaboration, 7–10 February 2023, Praia, Cabo Verde
    2024
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    The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) was launched during the UNFCCC’s COP22 in Marrakech Morocco in November 2016. WASAG has since steadily received recognition and mandate to support countries in finding solutions to cope with water scarcity in agriculture in the face of climate change. In April 2017, a meeting of partners agreed to establish the WASAG partnership to be hosted by FAO to advance the mandate of the framework.Emerging from its foundational years, WASAG held its first International Forum with the theme “Leaving no one behind”, from 19 to 22 March 2019 in Praia, Cabo Verde, where the partners – under the leadership of the six WASAG working groups – developed and adopted the Praia Commitments as a firm first step towards decisive actions. With the contribution of its 70 partners, WASAG has since developed its strategy for 2021–2024. WASAG is set to play a greater role in developing collaborative actions as solutions to the increasing challenges posed by climate change and the resulting water scarcity, in order to make agriculture more resilient. The second International WASAG Forum which was again hosted by the Government of Cabo Verde, under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAA), provided the setting for this step.This summary report presents the course of the forum, as well as the themes and issues discussed and addressed during the various technical sessions and side events.
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    WASAG Strategy for 2021 to 2024
    Turning water scarcity into opportunities for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition
    2021
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    The Global Framework for Action to Cope with Water Scarcity in Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change (WASAG) has gained increasing recognition since its launch and the establishment of its partnership in April 2017. The progress made to date confirms the relevance and pertinence of the Framework and the commitment of its founding Partners whose work continues to attract new partners. A strategy to guide the work of WASAG for the next four years (2021-2024) has become imperative to build on the achievements of the three years of its existence in order to better respond to the expectations raised, considering the numerous endorsements received and the mandate given to WASAG by countries, including during the 26th and 27th sessions of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Therefore, this represents an ideal motivated by the commitment demonstrated by the Partners and Stakeholders of WASAG in its foundational years, as illustrated by the WASAG webinar series, of which 10 webinars were held in 2020, attracting hundreds of participants in a competitive environment and which started as an adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategy takes stock of WASAG achievements and proposes a theory of change through which key action areas are identified from projects on the ground, innovation and data, research and training to advocacy and awareness raising. This is all focused on collaborative solutions, building on the comparative advantages of its partners.

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