The study has yielded several key findings on what farmers know about water-related issues, their concern around water resources, and conservation actions they take.
Water challenges play a central role in five of the top 10 risks currently facing humanity. Of those top five risks, water challenges are central to four, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2019 report.
Many of these challenges are human-driven: climate change induced increases in extreme weather events, poor public infrastructure management leading to breakdowns, and pollution derived from human society—including from agriculture. These challenges are complex, multifaceted and will take a systems-based thinking approach to solve.
One clear pathway to addressing and mitigating water challenges is to engage farmers to continuously improve water management practices.