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Asia-Pacific tagged as ‘hot spot for water insecurity’

by Eco-Business on September 6, 2016

A new report released by the Asian Development Bank identifies six countries in Asia, including Singapore, to have the lowest water availability per person by 2050.

China’s Agriculture Reforms to Address Food Crisis Despite Lack of Arable Land

by Yibada on August 19, 2016

China is set to undertake reforms in its agriculture industry to address the growing food security crisis, which is seen as the biggest change since the Great Leap Forward. The changes are being planned as China is faced with problems on how to feed the nation of 1.3 billion, almost a fifth of the world population with only 7 percent of arable land.

Call for Innovations in Water, Women and Agriculture

by desalination.biz on August 16, 2016

“The US, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden have again joined forces to offer millions of dollars to innovators who enhance food productivity by improving water efficiency in agriculture.…We provide catalytic funding to innovators at the water-agriculture nexus, who can solve the challenge of helping famers to grow more food with less water," said Christian Holmes, global water coordinator at US Agency for International Development (USAID)….”

California Farm Communities Pay Price for Decades of Fertilizer Use

by The Sacramento Bee on August 14, 2016

A pollutant that has leached into California aquifers since farmers first began using synthetic fertilizer continues to accumulate and …The State Water Resources Control Board, meanwhile, is considering new rules for agricultural discharges in the San Joaquin River watershed. A proposal to update the state’s irrigated lands regulatory program is moving forward with provisions for stepped-up monitoring and reporting requirements for farmers.

Walmart Gives $1M to Help Rice Farmers With Conservation

by Ducks Unlimited on August 5, 2016

The Walmart Foundation, the retail giant's charitable arm, on Friday gave a $1 million grant to Ducks Unlimited to support its partnership with the USA Rice Federation, which is focused on conserving soil, water and wildlife in wetlands. The grant will mainly be used for technical assistance to train farm owners, operators and workers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and along the Gulf Coast in conservation practices.

Toxic Algae Blooms Infesting Florida Beaches Are Putting a Damper on 4th of July Celebrations

by ABC News on July 4, 2016

What officials have called "unprecedented" toxic algae blooms in some of southern Florida's beaches and waterways is creating a messy 4th of July holiday for those in the area.Thousands of residents and tourists have had to cancel plans to celebrate on the area's usually packed beaches -- keeping the majority of celebrations inland.

Dannon Announces Breakthrough Commitment for Sustainable Agriculture

by Business Wire on April 27, 2016

Dannon commits to offer products coming from a more sustainable agriculture by working with its dairy farmer partners and their suppliers to progressively implement the use of sustainable agriculture practices and technology that leads to better soil health, better water management, an increase in biodiversity, and a decrease in carbon emission.

16% of the US population faces food insecurity. In the past 120 years, the number of human beings who need to be fed by our planet has increased from 1.5 billion to 7 billion water in the world: 97% is unusable, 3% fresh water with 2% frozen in glaciers and 1% in rivers, lakes and groundwater

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