Ashok Gulati, Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council of Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), speaking at the International Business Panel.
Photo: Messe Berlin

06.02.2017

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Smallholders play a vital role in ensuring food supply world-wide, but need support to cope with growing water shortage problems. What the agriculture and food industry on the one hand and politics on the other can do to support them was discussed at the International Business Panel held during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, Germany.

More than 90 per cent of the water reserves world-wide is consumed in the agricultural and agribusiness sector. Estimates by the United Nations suggest that the global demand for water in agriculture will increase by about 20 per cent by 2050 given the growing world population. What can the agriculture and food industry do to use the resource water more carefully and sustainably while at the same time not jeopardising the aim of food security? And how can politics support the respective measures? These were questions addressed by the International Business Panel held during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin, Germany, in January.

It’s not just size that counts

“Not every product can be produced at every location,” Germany’s Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt maintained, referring to one of the principles of sustainable water use. For example, practising animal husbandry in arid regions suffering from water shortage was unviable.

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