Think about this:
Water scarcity already affects every continent and more than 40 percent of the people on our planet. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions. At the same time, demand for food is increasing exponentially. We can produce more food with less water; we've seen it happen in iDE projects over the past 30 years. But to solve the problem on a global scale, we need to work together.
2012 marks a commitment from organizations around the world, from UN bodies to universities and governments to NGOs, to focus on water as it impacts on food security in agriculture at every scale. iDE is organizing and attending events all year long to raise awareness from the grassroots to the policymaking levels of government about the importance of our model in meeting the "water for food" challenge before us. Check this page for upcoming events and initiatives in the water for food space.
Announcements for upcoming events and initiatives will be posted here.
International World Water Day is Thursday, March 22. This year's theme is "The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry" and highlights the critical connection between food security and access to water. iDE was founded on the belief that affordable access to water is necessary for the world's poor to achieve food security and create sustainable income increases to move out of poverty permanently. That's why, along with our friends at CardGnome and GreenSpaces Denver, we're hosting Denver's official World Water Day event.
Go to Water4Food.com for more information and to purchase a CardGnome Water4Food 2012 pack, benefiting iDE programs in the drought sticken Sahel region of West Africa.