Data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows that water shortages are now affecting more than 3 billion people around the world. The amount of freshwater available for each person has plummeted by a fifth over 20 years.

The UN recently warned that billions of people would face hunger and chronic food shortages as a result of failure to conserve water resources, and the accelerating climate crisis. This, as well as rising demand for water and poor management, has made agriculture increasingly difficult across the world. 

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Dongyu adds, “We must take very seriously both water scarcity (the imbalance between supply and demand for freshwater resources) and water shortages (inadequate rainfall patterns) for they are now the reality we all live with … Water shortages and scarcity in agriculture must be addressed immediately and boldly.”

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