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2024 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

1. The Water, Climate, and Food Nexus: Linkages, Challenges and Emerging Solutions—An Introduction

Authors : Mohamed Behnassi, Abdulmalek A. Al-Shaikh, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Mirza Barjees Baig, Mohammed Bahir

Published in: The Water, Climate, and Food Nexus

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Water, as an increasingly scarce natural resource, is still a vital resource for both development and security. This resource is coming under an enormous strain because of a myriad of factors, including the increased demands of a growing global population and economy, environmental and climatic changes, and the irresponsible use. The decline of water resources is currently putting food systems under pressure. Indeed, the twin challenge is currently providing an ever-growing human population with sufficient and nutritious food, while facing environmental/resource limits and climate change. Thus, with the escalating water scarcity, a sustainable transformation of the global food system is unreachable without a revolution, especially in the area agricultural water use. In this perspective, the agricultural sector is being transformed to greater heights by new technological developments such as smart farming, precision agriculture, and climate-smart agriculture, which will enable this primary sector to move to a higher level of farm productivity, profitability, and resource-use efficiency while maintaining sustainability and fostering food security and resilience. This process remains dependent, however, on the extent to which different sectors involved in water resources management work in integrated and coordinated ways. This involves a shift in governance systems and the definition of roles and responsibilities for everyone engaged in the process of water resource generation, management, and usage. Against this background, the present introductory chapter presents the framework and content of this book, which addresses timely and future-oriented topics. In the first set of chapters, the water, food, and environmental/climate security nexus is explored theoretically and by reference to empirical research covering many regions and sectors. In another set of chapters, the impacts of climate change on water resources and water-stressed regions are identified along with their implications for food systems and security. Other chapters of the volume identify the emerging solutions to the nexus challenges, mainly adaptation and mitigation options, governance and management approaches, technological and economic solutions, innovative farming and water management practices, etc. Most chapters scheduled for publication are based on empirical research particularly done in water-constrained and climate vulnerable countries from Asia, Africa, and the MENA region and provide policy-oriented inputs and recommendations to guide change processes at multiple scales.

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Metadata
Title
The Water, Climate, and Food Nexus: Linkages, Challenges and Emerging Solutions—An Introduction
Authors
Mohamed Behnassi
Abdulmalek A. Al-Shaikh
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Mirza Barjees Baig
Mohammed Bahir
Copyright Year
2024
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-50962-9_1