Prof. Tony Allan (King's College London)
- Datum: 01.12.2010
Zeit: 18:15 - 19:45
Ort: Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), Vortragssaal, Seestraße 13, 80802 München
Water Security: farmers, traders and consumers
The purpose of the presentation will be to highlight many invisible and silent processes that enable most of the 200 EU economies to be water security. Water security for the small volumes needed for municipal and industrial uses will be distinguished from water security for the food needs of society. The former is only a problem for the poor. But 80% of the world's economies are food water insecure. Only France out of the 27 EU economies is a net food exporter. Farmers, a small number of transitional commodity traders and consumers will be identified as the key agents in achieving global water and food security. These agends are all linked in market systems that do not have mechanisms to signal where water is being used efficiently or according to sound stewardship principles. It will be shown that there are a number of technologies, reforms and changes in behaviour that will be key to the sustainable intensification of water use in agriculture.