Water, Land and Food Security
To provide food for an ever-increasing population, ‘Green Revolution’ technologies were promoted in the ‘70s and ’80s. This approach focused on high-yielding crop varieties and intensive water & land use. It was adopted widely, and pulled many countries back from the brink of famine.
Over the years, intensive, large scale agriculture has led to the depletion of land quality and water availability. It is widely acknowledged that such practices are not sustainable any more. At the same time, food prices have hit an all-time high resulting in what is being widely referred to as a ‘food-crisis.’
Food security strategies, therefore, have to meet the dual criteria of productivity and sustainability. The following videos illustrate this idea, and showcase some solutions that seem to work:
Another important aspect of food security is access to food, land rights and power. Share your opinions on these issues in a discussion on ‘The Global Land Grab: The Ongoing Struggle (and a Lost Opportunity?)’ on TheWaterChannel.
Water Film Festivals
The International Film Festival and Environment of Zaragoza—‘Ecozine’— will be held between May 13th to May 21st. A large number of films on environmental issues will be screened at the festival.
Short, documentary, animation and feature films are invited to the ‘Voices from the Waters 2011’ film festival in Bangalore. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011.
(Click here for details on the film festivals)