Water, Food and Public Health in a Changing World

7-9 June 2021

Water, Food and Public Health
in a Changing World

Currently, the whole world has been focussed on public health with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also disrupted farming, production, and shipping, highlighting the fragilities of the interconnected systems we all depend upon. Water is a critical factor in both agriculture and food processing, as well as in nutrition and broader human health issues. This complex nexus of sectors is often treated in silos, from both science and policy perspectives.  The main goal of the IWRA 2021 Online Conference was to examine the inter-linkages between water, food and public health which are now more critical than ever, especially as the world changes in response to the stressors of pandemics, climate change, population growth, and urbanization.

7-9 June 2021

IWRA’s 2021 Online Conference in collaboration with the FAO addressed these challenges and priorities. The conference was held from June 7th to 9th, 2021, and its main goal was to promote the sharing and exchange of the latest scientific and policy knowledge on the links between Water, Food, and Public health for the sustainable governance, use, and management of these resources globally.

Thanks to the generous support of FAO to this online water event, we were able to grant free access for all registered attendees.  We particularly welcomed participation by experts from Africa, low income countries, women and youth.  FAO’s support also ensured open access to all conference related materials.

The generous UNESCO contribution to this event supported this online conference themes, debates and results, particularly on “How can science better inform public policy, governance and capacity building for water, food and health?” (Theme 5). This theme also helped to further on the implementation of UNESCO’s Phase Eight of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (2014-2021).

The IWRA 2021 online conference had the overarching theme of “One Water, One Health: Water, Food and Public Health in a Changing World” with five different sub-theme challenges to be addressed, which you can see here.

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