Water for agriculture

“We now have irrigation water all year round and know how to use the water as economically as possible and how to maintain the canals.” - Pascaline Niyonzima from Bujumbura Rural in Burundi.

Without water, no agriculture. No less than 70% of all the freshwater on this planet is used for agriculture. 

In developing countries, people are often engaged in subsistence agriculture: they produce just enough to feed their families. But how do you do that when there is no water available? Join For Water and its partners work on irrigation projects. We do this in cooperation with farmers' committees, but also with subsistence farmers. We provide different types of irrigation: from canals to sustainable drip irrigation in the driest regions. In Belgium, we are raising awareness about the impact of our consumption choices, which put pressure on water resources elsewhere in the world.

Growing food demand

Globally, one in ten people is suffering from malnutrition. That is too crazy for words, knowing that one third of the world's food production is lost. The FAO, the UN's agricultural and food organisation, expects a 55% increase in food demand by 2030 and 70% by 2050. 

Producing food often requires an enormous amount of water. Producing 1 hamburger requires 2,500 litres of water (water that is needed to grow the crops that feed the cow). To grow the beans for 1 cup of coffee, 176 litres of water are needed. By 2030, 20% more fresh water will be needed for our food production.

Will there still be enough water for agriculture in the future? Industry is also demanding ever more water, and nature also has a right to sufficient water for the preservation of its ecosystems. A commitment to sustainable agricultural techniques and sustainable consumption choices will therefore be essential.