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Water for Food: Innovations and Strategies for Sustainable Food Security across Scales

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For the first time in history, the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) now legally acknowledges commitments to a sustainable future for all countries. This puts agricultural systems under pressure -- the twin-challenge is to provide an ever-growing human population with sufficient and ...

For the first time in history, the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) now legally acknowledges commitments to a sustainable future for all countries. This puts agricultural systems under pressure -- the twin-challenge is to provide an ever-growing human population with sufficient and nutritious food, while facing environmental limits and climate change. With the escalating degradation of freshwater resources, a sustainable transformation of global farming is unattainable without a revolution in agricultural water use. To explore pathways towards sustainable food and nutrition security in the 21st century, this Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Research Topic invites high quality and original contributions related to agricultural water management across spatial scales and disciplines. From technological pilots to large-scale implementation strategies, from field trials to global modeling -- we seek article submissions on key agricultural innovations and interventions such as irrigation transitions, rainwater harvesting, impacts on water quality, wastewater reuse, environmental flow trade-offs, but also future visions such as vertical farming, among others. We especially encourage studies that would link food and nutrition production targets (e.g. SDGs 2.3 and 2.4) with water sustainability targets (e.g. SDGs 6.4 and 6.6).


Keywords: Sustainable Development, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Future, Agriculture pressure, Water-use, Freshwater resources, Climate change, Global farming transformation, Agricultural water use, Food security, Water management, Implementation strategies, Rainwater harvesting, Irrigation, Water quality, Wastewater recycling, Future methods, Vertical farming


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