It is an honour and pleasure to speak on this very important issue, and be a part of the commemoration of the world water day.
Water and food security is still a relevant discourse, as world headlines continue to warn of drought, malnutrition, famine and exponentially increasing populations. While one day in a year might not seem like enough to make a difference in such enormous problems; world water day has become a prompt for government, foundations, charitable organizations and individuals to come together at a variety of events around the world to raise awareness, make serious commitment, and proffer solutions.
Many of us drink a glass or two of water with each of our three meals. But, how many of us think about the intimate relationship between water and food?
We need a great deal of water to grow and process our food, whether it is plant or animal. Without water we cant grow most food sources; and without safe water we can lose many of the vital nutrients from that food. This connection is driving concern about the world’s food supply, particularly, with increasing water scarcity and changing weather patterns, but is especially critical and pressing for people in the developing countries.
At a community level especially, in rural areas, food and water can only be obtained seasonally and locally. This leads to a very limited diet, both in quantity and nutritional quality. One of the under appreciated benefits of a water supply system is that families can use the additional water to maintain small gardens and to hydrate animals. As a result, they gain access to varied food sources, which can improve nutrition and relieve some of the dependents on a single food source.
On our part in Amuwo Odofin local government, we have been able to train the local farmers on food and water security. We have also organized several seminars to encourage rural economic development. Farming tools and equipment have also been provided to aid farming practice. Capacity building have been periodically organized to equip local farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge about economic farming, in the bid to guarantee food security.
On the global level, the world’s population is growing. It is projected that nearly all the world’s countries will each average a billion in population by 2050. Those people will need to eat and drink safe water on the order of 100% more globally by 2050. Besides, 2 -4 litres of drinking water per person; it takes 20-50 litres of water to produce one person’s daily food. To secure food for every body first we need to secure water.
Let me end by stating that, water is the medium that links the challenges of food security. There is no wastewater, only water that is wasted! This is the concept we all need to promote. To achieve water security, we must share the common view that waste of resources particularly, a natural one like water, is detrimental to our existence and survival. It is a resources that deserve more attention from politicians, decision makers, and policy planners.
Thank you and God bless.
COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AMUWO ODOFIN LGA.