Water plays a vital role in irrigation and food production, accounting for 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, according to U.N. Water. Additionally, statistics show that water consumption for agricultural use will increase by about 20 percent by 2050.
Global efforts to protectively boost sustainable water use are reflected in proposed global anti-poverty development goals due to replace the current U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire at the end of 2015.
The inclusion of water in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” will mark a significant shift from the current framework, which included water as a subordinate target within the MDG 7 environment target.
World Water Day on 22 March offers an opportunity to celebrate the role this indispensable resource plays in agricultural production, food security and distribution.
At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) we asked members of our online community to share pictures illustrating some of the ways they use water.
Their contributions can be seen on our special coverage page.
Twitter followers are also asked to share pictures via the #WaterIs hashtag and by mentioning @CIMMYT.
To see the contributions, please click here.