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The shortage of water is one of the crucial issues facing the Near East Region and is likely to be exacerbated in the future as a result of population growth, climate change and the degradation of water resources quality. Most of the renewable water resources of the region are already being used, essentially for agriculture; and what remains can only be harnessed at high, or at times prohibitive, costs. Competition from other sectors is likely to further reduce the share of agriculture in the limited water resources.

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Recent News

 
Groundwater depletion is the greatest challenge in Yemen, Mujawar Groundwater depletion is the greatest challenge in Yemen, Mujawar
"15 Apr 2014"
Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Fareed Mujawar has said that groundwater depletion is the greatest challenge being faced by agricultural development in Yemen, as well as excess .... Details
Countries are more likely to cooperate on water Countries are more likely to cooperate on water
"22 Mar 2014"
On the eve of the United Nations' World Water Day celebrated annually on March 22nd, divided attitudes toward the event point this year to broader disagreements over the role wate .... Details

Recent Events

 
Near East Land and Water Days (NE-LWD)
Near East Land and Water Days (NE-LWD)
"15 Dec 2013"
The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW), recently published by FAO, notes ... Details
Training on Crop Water Requirements
Training on Crop Water Requirements
"08 Sep 2013"
In an agriculture in constant evolution, irrigation needs to adapt to new, more stringent requirements: the supply of water wit ... Details

Press releases

 
Prediction of Crop Water Requirements: FAO Trains Local Irrigation Practitioners on the Use of FAO C ....
05 Sep 2013
In an agriculture in constant evolution, irrigation needs to adapt to new, more stringent requiremen ....
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Syrian Ministry of Agricul ....
15 Apr 2009
The Regional Office for the Near East of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nat ....
The Regional Office for the Near East of the Food and Agriculture Organization Organizes an Internat ....
06 Apr 2008
The Regional Office for the Near East of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ....