We’re surrounded by water; it covers 71% of the earth. However, the proverbial tide is quickly drying off. Scientists have estimated that by 2030, only slightly more than a decade away, the gap between expected water withdrawal and existing supply has the potential to reach as high as 40 percent. A harrowing proposition for the world’s population, and the production of the food needed to keep it healthy.
From the total water available only 3% is fresh water and only 1/6 of it is accessible for practical uses. Of it an astonishing 70% of our fresh water is used today to support agricultural production. Considering the projected imbalance between water available and demand, it behooves us to find remedies to the situation. Innovation is playing an important role to help us overcome this seemingly insurmountable challenge.
At Bayer we are exploring different approaches to provide smart solutions. From research, to Digital Farming, to Drip irrigation, we are bringing technologies that will help reduce the total water used in agriculture while ensuring that farmers can still deliver food.
Global Segment Manager Fruits & Vegetables and Insecticides, Bayer Division Crop Science
By understanding how much water crops need; and supplying it in a smart ways like Drip-by-Drip irrigation we are improving water use efficiency, reducing the number of plant protection applications, and increasing safety by injecting the products via a closed system. Additionally, the targeted application of this systems designed in collaboration with Netafim, has shown significant improvements in root and plant healthy which translates into more nutritious food.
While we keep exploring innovative ways to preserve this precious resource, let’s stop to celebrate International Water Day and the abundance of life it brings.