Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

On the ground in drought-affected areas

Water scarcity already affects every continent. Water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and an increasing number of regions are reaching the limit at which water services can be sustainably delivered, especially in arid regions.
Against the backdrop of to assessing the situation on the ground and understanding better how their projects are helping people cope with the challenges of a changing climate, in September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

IFAD’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo and Chair of UN-Water, joined by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), travelled to two regions – one more greatly impacted than the other – to assess the situation on the ground and understand better how their projects are helping people cope with the challenges of a changing climate.

Read the full IFAD story here.