New WaPOR applications catalogue

The new WaPOR applications catalogue compiles case studies and resources in the domain of water productivity, including a wide range of applications of WaPOR data, and the varying contexts in which it is used. WaPOR is FAO's publicly accessible data portal for monitoring water productivity in agriculture, a crucial sector to direct our attention towards in regards to water savings, especially in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and the whole Africa region which the data presently covers. In fact, population growth worldwide is invariably accompanied by an expanding need for resources such as water and land. Water use around the world has been growing at twice the rate that population has, and this puts unprecedented pressure on our limited freshwater resources. Agricultural water accounts for, on average, 70 percent of the freshwater withdrawn globally and in many parts of the world it is in direct conflict with other essential water uses, such as domestic and environmental. In tackling the challenge of food security, thinking about producing more food with less water, that is increasing water productivity, is necessary and urgent.

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