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Water Productivity Improvements – A Silver Bullet for Climate Crisis?

Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Winston Yu, Laura Sommer, Sudhanshu Kumar, Claudia Ringler, Claudia Sadoff
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International Water Management Institute
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
The World Bank Group
African Union
Federal Office for Agriculture (Switzerland)
International Food Policy Research Institute
Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture
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About the webinar
This webinar discusses the potential and limitations of water productivity interventions in helping water managers (from the farm to the basin level) to deal with growing scarcity due to climatic and other changes.

A White Paper titled ‘Can Water Productivity Improvements Save Us from Global Water Scarcity?’ has been drafted based on the discussions at the Working Group workshop (25-27 February 2020, at CHIEAM in Bari, Italy) and further consultations and literature research. The White Paper reviews the state of knowledge, presents relevant methodologies and approaches, and offers key policy recommendation to scale interventions and to ensure effective solutions across scales. The webinar helps to disseminate the messages and receive feedback from stakeholders.

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Land / Water / Resource Management
About the speakers

Mohammad Hossein Emadi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to FAO and the Rome Based Agencies

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Winston Yu

Principal Researcher and Senior Advisor at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

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Laura Sommer

Deputy Head International Affairs and Food Security Unit at Switzerland’s Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

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Sudhanshu Kumar

Farmer, India

Grows maize, wheat, rice, litchi, mangoes, bananas and guava on 250 acres; 65 acres of orchards under micro irrigation; installed solar powered cold storage on his farm. He has the most technology advanced farm in the state of Bihar. Advocate for genetic engineering, mechanization, micro irrigation.

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Claudia Ringler

Deputy Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Claudia Ringler was appointed Deputy Division Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division in 2011. From 1996 until her current appointment, she served in various other research positions in that division. She currently co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is also a basin theme leader in the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

Dr. Ringler received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Center for Development Research, Bonn University, Germany, and her MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University. Her research interests are water resources management-in particular, river basin modeling for policy analysis and agricultural; and natural resource policy focused at sustainable agricultural productivity growth. Over the last several years she has also undertaken research on the impacts of global warming for developing country agriculture and on appropriate adaptation and mitigation options. Dr. Ringler has field experience across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In Asia, she has worked on natural resource management and agricultural technology policy in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Yellow River Basin), India, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan and Vietnam (Dong Nai and Mekong River Basins). In sub-Saharan Africa, she has worked mainly in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and on the Limpopo, Nile and Volta River Basins; and in Latin America on Chile (Maipo River Basin) and Brazil (Pirapama Basin). Ringler has been part of a series of Project and Program Advisory and Steering Committees; and International Assessments, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, and the UNEP-led GEO-V Assessment. She is currently a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP). Dr. Ringler has more than 80 publications in the areas of water management, global food and water security, natural resource constraints to global food production, and on synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Claudia Sadoff

Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 

Before joining IWMI, Claudia was Global Lead for Water Security and Integrated Resource Management at the World Bank. She received appointments from a wide variety of other organizations as well, serving as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Chair of the GWP/OECD Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, Economic Advisor to IUCN, Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security, Member of the Global Water Partnership Technical Committee and Fulbright scholar at the Thailand Development Research Institute.

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