Let's Find a Solution

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Let’s Find a Solution

On September 2, 2013 in Stockholm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), (collectively, the “Founding Partners”) launched Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (GCD). Through this GCD, we will identify and accelerate science and technology innovations and market-driven approaches that improve water sustainability to boost food security and alleviate poverty.

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Why are we trying to secure water for food?

Water scarcity is one of the most pressing development challenges of the early 21st Century. Approximately 2.8 billion people—more than 40 percent of the world’s population—live in river basins impacted by water scarcity. Nearly half live in areas of physical scarcity, where demand is greater than the available supply; the remaining 1.6 billion face economic water scarcity, where institutional, financial and human factors limit access to water despite an available natural supply. Between 2000 and 2050 water demand is projected to increase by 55 percent globally, meaning that the number of people impacted by water scarcity and stress will continue to rise. Most importantly, more than 70 percent of global water use occurs in the food value chain.