A new set of recommendations on how the world can cope with the growing problem of water scarcity has been presented at the ongoing World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. But instead of providing a list of solutions, the U.N. food agency has set out six “principles of actions.”

The principles are enclosed in the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s latest report, “Coping with water scarcity: An action framework for agriculture and food security.” They include:

  • Knowledge – strategies should be based on “best-available evidence” and not on intuition.

  • Impact – actions should be carried out after a careful analysis of each option’s cost-effectiveness.

  • Capacity – better definition of roles and responsibilities of institutions need to be in place.

  • Context-specificity – actions should be tailored to local conditions.

  • Coherence – water policies should be aligned with food security and agriculture.

  • Preparedness – management systems need to be flexible in response to future changes brought on by climate change, economic shocks and international agreements.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.