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Global Change: Impacts on Water and food Security

  • Claudia Ringler
  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Sarah Cline


  • Examines impact of global change on water and food security and identifies avenues for policy reform and investment based on the outcome of these processes


Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Water for Food Security Under Growing Scarcity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claudia Ringler, Elizabeth Bryan, Asit Biswas, Sarah A. Cline
      Pages 3-15
    3. Mark W. Rosegrant, Sarah A. Cline, Rowena A. Valmonte-Santos
      Pages 17-47
    4. Siwa Msangi, Mandy Ewing, Mark W. Rosegrant, Tingju Zhu
      Pages 65-94
  3. Trade for Water and Food Security-Help or Harm for the Poor?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 96-96
    2. Roehlano M. Briones, Madan Dey, Mahfuzuddin Ahmed
      Pages 127-140
  4. How to Finance Water for the Poor in a Globalized World

  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 236-236
    2. Claudia Ringler, Asit Biswas, Sarah A. Cline
      Pages 237-248
    3. Claudia Ringler, Asit K. Biswas, Sarah A. Cline
      Pages 249-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


In recent years, a greater level of integration of the world economy and an opening of national markets to trade has impacted virtually all areas of society. The process of globalization has the potential to generate long-term benefits for developing countries, including enhanced technology and knowledge transfers and new fina- ing options supporting agricultural and economic development. However, risks of political and economic instability, increased inequality, and losses in agricultural income and production for countries that subsidize their agricultural and other e- nomic sectors threaten to offset potential benefits. Globalization can also have a profound impact on the water sector – in terms of allocation and use of water – and thus on food security as well. Other global change processes, particularly climate change, are also likely to have far-reaching impacts on water and food security, and societies around the world. To discuss these issues in-depth, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico, and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica, held a three-day International Conference on “Globalization and Trade: Implications for Water and Food Security,” at CATIE’s Turrialba, Costa Rica, headquarters under the auspices of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food in 2005. The workshop set out to identify the major risks and emerging issues facing developing countries related to global economic and environmental change impacts on water and food security.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Ringler
    • 1
  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 2
  • Sarah Cline
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Institute (IFPRI)International Food PolicyWashingtonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Third World Centre for Water ManagementLos Clubes, AtizapanMexico
  3. 3.Animal & Plant Health InspectionUnited States Department of AgricultureRiverdaleU.S.A.

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