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The FAO Irrigated Area Forecast for 2030









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    World Agriculture: Towards 2015/2030. Summary Report 2002
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    This report is a shorter version of World agriculture: towards 2015/2030, FAO's latest assessment of the long-term outlook for the world's food supplies, nutrition and agriculture. It summarizes the projections, distills the messages and presents them for the generalist. The projections cover supply and demand for the major agricultural commodities and sectors, including fisheries and forestry. This analysis forms the basis for a more detailed examination of other factors, such as nutrition a nd undernourishment, and the implications for international trade. The report also investigates the implications of future supply and demand for the natural resource base and discusses how technology can contribute to a more sustainable development. One of the report's main findings is that, if no corrective action is taken, the target set by the World Food Summit in 1996 - that of halving the number of undernourished people by 2015 - is not going to be met. Nothing short of a massive effort at improving the overall development performance will free the developing world of its most pressing food insecurity problems. The progress made towards this target depends on many factors, not least of which are political will and the mobilization of additional resources. Past experience underlines the crucial role of agriculture in the development process, particularly where the majority of the population relies on this sector for employment and income.
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    A Digital Global Map of Irrigation Areas - An update for Asia (2005)
    Frankfurt Hydrology Paper 1
    2005
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    The Land and Water Development Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, are cooperating in the development of a global irrigation-mapping facility. This report describes an update of the Digital Global Map of Irrigated Areas for the continent of Asia. For this update, an inventory of subnational irrigation statistics for the continent was compiled. The reference year for the statistics is 2000. Adding up the irrigated areas per country as documented in the report gives a total of 188.5 million ha for the entire continent. The total number of subnational units used in the inventory is 4 428. In order to distribute the irrigation statistics per subnational unit, digital spatial data layers and printed maps were used. Irrigation maps were derived from project reports, irrigation subsector studies, and books related to irrigation and drainage. These maps were digitized and compared with satellite images of many regions. In areas without spatial information on irrigated areas, additional information was used to locate areas where irrigation is likely, such as land-cover and land-use maps that indicate agricultural areas or areas with crops that are usually grown under irrigation. Publication details: Frankfurt Hydrology Paper 01, Frankfurt University, Frankfurt/M., Germany and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.
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    The state of food and agriculture, 1993
    water policies and agriculture
    1993
    In many areas of the world, growing water scarcity and the misuse of freshwater pose serious threats to sustainable development. With more than two-thirds of the water withdrawn from the earth's rivers, lakes and aquifers being used for irrigation, agriculture is increasingly seen as the system's safety valve. This year's special chapter, Water polices and agriculture, examines the policy implications of increasing competition, conflicts, shortages, waste, overuse and degradation of water r esources. It goes on to assess the various water policy options open to agricultural policy-makers.

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