5th World Water Forum

by |March 19, 2009

Representatives from the agriculture and energy industries convened here at the 5th World Water Forum to debate how, why, where and whether humankind’s rising demands for water, oil, food and energy will lead to conflict or cooperation. The Forum tackled issues of food and energy, conflicts over water, and pragmatic synergies among vital resource sectors. 

Agricultural global food production has so far kept pace with population growth. Yet 900 million people remain undernourished, rural migrants are leaving farms for cities, and from 2000 to 2030 demand for food crops in developing countries will increase 67 percent, straining the already over-tapped water resources.

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