For More Information on Water Shortage Issues

The need to preserve and protect water resources and to provide clean, safe drinking water to many of the world's poorest urban and rural areas is clear.   Below are some resources that illustrate those needs.


  • UN Water

    UN-Water was established to promote coherence and coordination in UN System initiatives that are related to UN-Water’s scope of work and contribute to the implementation of the agenda defined by the 2000 Millennium Declaration and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.

  • FAO Water   
In the face of increasing water scarcity, and the dominance of agricultural water use, FAO is in the forefront to enhance global agricultural performance while promoting the sustainability of water use for food production.  The Water Development and Management Unit (NRLW) is engaged in a programmatic approach to agricultural water management addressing water use efficiency and productivity, and best practices for water use and conservation, throughout the continuum from water sources to final uses.

  • Aquastat 

    FAO's global information system on water and agriculture, developed by the Land and Water Division. The main mandate of the programme is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Learn about water scarcity, what is it, where is it... it is not just about water physical presence...

Can we grow enough food to feed our growing human numbers in a world that is running short of water and waming up at the same time? How can agriculture become more efficient in its use of water to grow more food with less water?

Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), talks about six critical solutions to water scarcity and food insecurity. This is part of the web video series, Colin's STRAIGHTtalk, where Dr Chartres offers his expert commentary on topical, often controversial, global water issues. This video was produced by TVE Asia Pacific under commission from IWMI.   

Between 70 and 90 per cent of all freshwater drawn in the developing world is used for growing crops. With water scarcity emerging as a global concern, we simply cannot continue the water-intense methods of the past. Yet, as human numbers increase, more food needs to be produced with the same - or shrinking - land. This calls for smarter, thriftier ways of using freshwater and increasing water's productivity in agriculture. It has to be achieved without damaging the environment, or undermining food security, jobs or health.

In response, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) has brought together dozens of researchers, policy makers and local communities in Africa, Asia and South America to look for practical solutions through action research. As the Challenge Program begins to synthesise its findings after three years of field work, this film travels to eight of its benchmark river basins, to find out what has been accomplished - and what remains to be done -- to grow more food with less water.

Produced by TVE Asia Pacific for the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food   

  • Recharge: A Story of Water Scarcity

    A short documentary on the struggles of the village Kotla in rural India to maintain fresh water supplies, and the difference made through water management interventions initiated by the Institute of Rural Research and Development.

The Downstream Gateway was produced by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in partnership with National Geographic, PBS NewsHour, the Common Language Project, and the Under-Told Stories Project.   It contains many video that document water resource scarcity issues around the globe.