The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released an online publication about the future of global agricultural water supplies. The report, Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Global Water Management, took five years to complete and incorporates the research of over 500 scientists. It states there will not be enough water to supply global demand for food during the next few decades unless urgent and substantial reforms in water and agriculture management are undertaken.
The report describes key water-food-environment trends that influence our lives today and uses scenarios to explore the consequences of a range of potential invesents. It seeks to inform investors and policymakers alike about water and food choices in light of such crucial influences as poverty, ecosystems decline, urban governance, and productivity. It covers rain-fed agriculture, irrigation, groundwater, marginal-quality water, fisheries, livestock, rice, land, and river basins.
The IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations collectively known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is a non-profit organization with a staff of 350 and offices in over 10 countries across Asia and Africa and Headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The organization's Mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature.
The full report can be found on the International Water Management Institute here: