Spring kicks off tidings of new beginnings for many in the Northern Hemisphere. Perhaps it’s also a reminder of how fragile the seasons that have traditionally been taken for granted the world over have become.
Summers spill into winters and winters spill into summers. Water gushes where it should trickle and trickles where it should pour freely, thanks to climate extremes.
It will come as no surprise that the most food-insecure people live in developing countries and in arid areas where little water is available – or too much water, of too poor a quality. Water is essential for food production, but decades of poor water management, misuse and pollution have degraded freshwater supplies and ecosystems.
The lack of water is also linked to poor soils. Up to 40 percent of the planet’s total land area is degraded, according to the UN, forcing farmers to abandon their fields or leaving them with dry land that can barely produce food.