Re-thinking Water and Food Security: Fourth Botin Foundation Water Workshop

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This book provides an overview, by leading world experts, on key issues in global water and food security. The book is divided in a series of over-arching themes and sections. The first part of the book provides an overview of water and food security. The second and third sections look at global trade and virtual water trade, and provide some specific examples on the application of the water footprint at different scales. The fourth section sets the context into wider debates related to global sustainable production and consumption. The last section of the book addresses the role of the silent groundwater revolution to help address water and food security; the water/energy nexus, and the potential for generating ´new´ water.

Table of Contents

Foreword - M. Ramón Llamas
I – Are global water resources a limitation for food production and security?
1 Food security in water-short countries – Coping with carrying capacity overshoot - Malin Falkenmark & Mats Lannerstad
2 Global agricultural green and blue water consumptive uses and virtual water trade - Junguo Liu & Hong Yang
3 Water scarcity and food security: A global assessment of water potentiality in Tunisia - Jamel Chahed, Mustapha Besbes &Abdelkader Hamdane

II – Searching for water intelligence solutions
4 Can human ingenuity, Science and Technology help solve the world problems of water and food security? - Elena López-Gunn & M. Ramón Llamas
5 Producing more or wasting less? Bracing the food security challenge of unpredictable rainfall - Jan Lundqvist
6 Prioritising the processes beyond the water sector that will secure water for society – farmers in political, economic, and social contexts and fair international trade - J.A. [Tony] Allan

III – Economic development, the role of the private sector and ethical aspects
7 Present and future roles of water and food trade in achieving food security, reducing poverty and water use - Juan A. Sagardoy & Consuelo Varela-Ortega
8 Economic aspects of virtual water trade: Lessons from the Spanish case - Alberto Garrido, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado & Consuelo Varela-Ortega V
9 Water commoditization: An ethical perspective for a sustainable use and management of water resources, with special reference to the Arab Region - Magdy A. Hefny
10 Water scarcity risks: Experience of the private sector - Stuart Orr &Anton Cartwright

IV – Environmental conservation vs. food production
11 Incorporating the water footprint and environmental water requirements into policy: Reflections from the Doñana Region (Spain) - Maite M. Aldaya, Francisco García Novo & M. Ramón Llamas
12 The blue, green and grey water footprint of rice from both a production and consumption perspective - Ashok K. Chapagain &Arjen Y. Hoekstra
13 Water quality and nonpoint pollution: Comparative global analysis - José Albiac, Elena Calvo, Javier Tapia & Encarna Esteban

V – The strategic role of groundwater in achieving food security
14 Intensive groundwater development: A water cycle transformation, a social revolution, a management challenge - Emilio Custodio
15 Electricity reforms and its impact on groundwater use: Evidence from India - Aditi Mukherji, Tushaar Shah & Shilp Verma

VI –Water, energy and technology for food security
16 Water and energy nexus – Role of technology - Joppe F. Cramwinckel
17 Energy supply for the coming decades and the consequent water demand - Ignasi Nieto
18 The economics of desalination for various uses - Xavier Bernat, Oriol Gibert, Roger Guiu, Joana Tobella & Carlos Campos
Postscript. The impossibilities of water in agriculture: An increasingly unreal world. What we have to do about it? - Margaret Catley-Carlson

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