Water & Waste - Mexico

Improved water management key to ensuring food security

Improved water management key to ensuring food security

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Measures to guarantee food security in Mexico will form an integral part of the national water program 2013-18, according to a release from the national water authority Conagua.

Key strategies to guarantee food security will include modernization of irrigation systems and water infrastructure in agricultural areas as well as the promotion of agricultural zones in regions with high water availability.

Water experts, gathered at a forum to discuss the national water plan, also confirmed that long-term planning for agricultural land should also include factors relating to the water basin where the land is located.

Financial institutions such as the Mexican development bank, Banobras, also suggested that incentives should be developed to improve water use in agriculture, a sector that accounts for more than 70% of nationwide water use.