Water Security and Food Security

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    Nidhi Nagabhatla

    Water security – the reliable availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water for health, livelihoods and production, coupled with an acceptable level of water-related risks – is an emerging concept and challenge to be addressed, along with growing food security concerns. This project addresses issues related to the likelihood of conflicts over shared water resources and to the continuing availability of water resources to produce sufficient food for 9 billion people in the future. The following two activities are ongoing: (1) developing new knowledge and tools and knowledge-based synthesis for policy audience; and (2) developing a module-based curriculum on water security that embeds the capacity development need in the UN-Water conceived strategic framework of water governance. This will culminate in ‘Water Security Diploma’ to be offered through UN-Water Learning Centre interface. UNU-INWEH also co-chairs the UN-Water Task Force on Water Security. The aim of the Task Force is to elaborate the concepts and concerns related to water security in various regions. UNU-INWEH presented a concept note on the feasibility of producing a UN-Water Policy Brief on water security based on its recent experience and regional expert consultations. Although the Task Force decided not to pursue the Policy Brief at UN-Water level, due to sensitivities that some UN agencies may have with their member states, UNU-INWEH was encouraged to carry out a meta-analysis of existing definitions, applications and authorities on the topic. The first draft of this synthesis is produced and reviewed internally. An interactive approach (interviews and surveys using ‘stakeholder engagement’ model) is adopted to analyze how UN member states practitioners and resource managers perceive and localize the UN Water Security agenda while identifying how water security affects their respective nations. A new development in the project is the first attempts to develop a framework for analysis of “water and migration” issues at the global and regional scale. A brief concept outlining the possible research questions and policy issues have been developed and will form the basis for a future research report on the topic