Water scarcity is a global challenge that needs a global response – FAO

Praia, Oct 16 (Inforpress) – The acting FAO coordinator in Cabo Verde, Patrícia Portela, today lamented the fact that more than a third of the world’s population lives without access to drinking water, calling for a global response to the scarcity of this precious liquid.

In her opening speech at a conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to mark World Food Day, this representative considered that rapid population growth and climate change have put water resources under increasing pressure.

In Patrícia Portela’s opinion, ensuring security in the production, management and distribution of water proves to be the fundamental path to achieving the goals of the 2030 agenda, essentially contributing to the reduction of poverty and hunger in the world, at the same time, she highlighted, preventing the risk of running out to “a point of no return”.

Other factors, such as the increase in extreme weather phenomena, severe droughts and floods, have culminated in frightening consequences for food security, and it is therefore a matter of the utmost urgency to develop actions to preserve systems and ensure the equitable division of water.



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