Books  Sustainable Development  Water Resources & Management  Water Resources & Management: General 

Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture

Edited By: David Molden

645 pages, Figs, tabs, col photos


Paperback | Feb 2007 | #167334 | ISBN-13: 9781844073962
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £45.00 $55/€51 approx

About this book

This comprehensive assessment of the world's water, written by experts with research from over 700 leading specialists, critically evaluates current thinking on water and its interplay with agriculture, charting the way forward with concrete actions from management to policy level across all countries and territories.

After framing the main issues and providing a comprehensive examination of trends and scenarios in world water management, the book critically examines the cross-cutting issues of reducing poverty, reforming institutions for sustainable water management, avoiding or mitigating ecosystem impacts, and improving water productivity. Thematic chapters follow, covering such key issues in water management as irrigation, groundwater use, inland fisheries, rice cultivation, land conservation, and river basin management and development.

'Overall, one of the most remarkable books on this topic - it should become a classic text and a necessity in the library. The first must-buy book of 2007.' Environmental and Ecological Education, British Ecological Society 'A wake-up call to policymakers, bringing attention, understanding, and ultimately hope to the crucial need for better agricultural water management in all its forms to feed future generations and sustain thriving rural communities and ecosystems.' Peter Lee, President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage 'The world water crisis has caught us unawares, with a series of local hydrological pinchpoints rapidly escalating into a global pandemic of empty rivers, dry boreholes, and wrecked wetlands as profound as, and often linked to, climate change. The water crisis has badly needed its equivalent of the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And for the two-thirds of the world's water that is used for agriculture, the Comprehensive Assessment provides just that. Timely, forensic, and unflinching in its analysis, forward thinking and strategic in its search for practical solutions, this is a landmark.' Fred Pearce, Author of When The Rivers Run Dry and frequent contributor to NewScientist 'This assessment is critical. Not only because it concerns a critical life resource like water. But because it involves an assessment that is comprehensive, analytical, and timely. The issue must become the world's obsession: growing and eating food that is water-prudent. I would encourage, indeed urge, you to use this rich and rigorous assessment to make changes in policy and practice.' Sunita Narain, Stockholm Water Prize Winner 2005, Director, Centre for Science and Environment 'A wake-up call to policy makers bringing attention, understanding and ultimately hope to the crucial need for better agricultural water management in all its forms, to feed future generations and sustain thriving rural communities and ecosystems.' Peter Lee, President, ICID 'This timely assessment provides valuable guidance for policymakers, planners, and practitioners the world over. Yes, there is enough water, but is there enough willpower? Sandra Postel, Author of 'Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?, and co-author of 'Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature' 'This is perhaps the most extraordinary recipe book ever produced: take one world already being exhausted by 6 billion people; find the ingredients to feed another two billion people; add in demand for more food, more animal feed, more fuel, and use only the same amount of water the planet has had since Creation. Don't forget to restore the environment that sustains us. Stir very carefully.' Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, Global Water Partnership 'This report is a timely assessment of global water resources from the standpoint of food security, poverty reduction and livelihoods generation.' India Together 'David Moldeni? s book is a handy book and very constructive for readers especially for people who want to prepare social, environmental and economic assessment on water... This book is organized comprehensively catering to all aspects of water sectors and offers innovative approaches to enable institutions to formulate and implement new policies.' Bookshelf 'Very comprehensive study', Spore 2007.


Part I: Setting the Scene; * Introduction; * Conceptual Framework; * Part II: Trends and Scenarios; * Benefits, Costs and Challenges of Managing Water for Agriculture; * Investment Options for the Future; * Part III: Integrating Issues; * Water for Food to Fight Poverty; * Policy and Institutional Reform Processes for Sustainable Agricultural Water Management; * Agriculture, Water and Ecosystems; * Pathways to Improving Water Productivity; * Part IV: Thematic Chapters; * Managing Water in Rainfed Agriculture; * Reinventing Irrigation; * Groundwater Use in Agriculture: A Global Assessment of Scale and Significance for Food, Livelihoods and Nature; * Agricultural Use of Marginal-quality Water Resources Presents Opportunities and Challenges; * Inland Fisheries, Aquaculture and Water Productivity; * Integrating Water and Livestock Development; * Rice: Feeding the Billions While Providing Unique Ecosystem Services; * Conserving Land - Protecting Water; * River Basin Development and Management; * References, Index.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


David Molden is Principal Researcher of the Irrigation and Water Resources Program, and now Coordinator of the Comprehensive Assessment for Water Management in Agriculture, for the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has over 25 years' experience in water resource management. Published with IWMI

Bestsellers in this subject

Improving Farmed Fish Quality and Safety

NHBS Price: £153.00 $187/€172 approx

Water Treatment Handbook (2-Volume Set)

Clearance price: £186.75 £415.00 (Save £228.25) $229/€210 approx

World Fisheries

NHBS Price: £155.00 $190/€174 approx

Intensive Fish Farming

NHBS Price: £75.50 $92/€85 approx