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World Food Day: Water is life, water is food

Leave No One Behind: Get involved, 16 October 2023

FAO. 2023. World Food Day: Water is life, water is food - Leave No One Behind: Get involved, 16 October 2023. Rome.

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    World Food Day, 16 October 2023
    Collective action across 150 countries worldwide is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated UN days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the media, the public, even youth. They promote worldwide awareness and action because water is a driving force for people, economies and nature and the foundation of our food. Water is essential to life on Earth, but fresh water is not infinite and there is a need to make sure that no one is left behind in access water.
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    Activity book – Water is life, water is food
    Leave no one behind
    This Activity Book is aimed at a broad age range of young people interested in learning more about the importance of water on our planet, inspiring them with solutions for a wiser management of water resources. Governments, the private sector, farmers, academia, civil society and individuals need to work together to address global water challenges. The book highlights the importance to produce more food and other essential agricultural commodities with less water, while ensuring water is distributed equally, our aquatic food systems are preserved, and nobody is left behind. This book is also meant to provide ideas for those wishing to enter the World Food Day (WFD) 2023 Poster Contest.
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    FAO's work in water - Publications and outreach 2022
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    By 2050, the world needs to produce an estimated 50 percent more food than in 2012 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input and environmental condition in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps in the supply chain. Water is also required to meet personal and household needs, for energy and industrial production, and to maintain important water-depen-dent ecosystems and their services. With demand and competition for water on the rise, however, the planet’s water resources are under unprecedented stress due to climate change, pollution, and poor governance. Agriculture holds the key to successfully achieving the objectives and aspirations articulated in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Post-202 Global Biodiversity Framework under finalization. It is also crucial to the livelihoods ofover500 million smallholder farmers and rural communities worldwide. Countries have identified agriculture as a major sector of intervention in their nationally determined contributions (NDC) to the mitigation of climate change, and many have placed water at the top of the list for envisaged adaptation measures. This booklet presents FAO's work on water, in particular all water-related publications and outreach products developed by the FAO Land and Water Division.

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