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Water quality in agriculture - Risks and risk mitigation

A new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Water Quality in Agriculture: Risks and Risk Mitigation, serves as a comprehensive guide on the critical importance of water quality for sustainable agriculture and its role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

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The report outlines global water quality guidelines and standards, emphasizing the need for advanced monitoring and adherence to health-based targets set by the World Health Organization. 

Water Quality in Agriculture: Risks and Risk Mitigation discusses the threats to water quality from pathogenic contaminants, explores the relationship between water quality and various agricultural sectors, including aquaculture and livestock production, and considers the complex interactions within watersheds and river basins and the necessity for effective water quality management practices that take into account potential downstream effects.

The document is intended for use by national and subnational governmental authorities, agricultural professionals and engineers, and to be of value to the scientific research community and university students.

  • Download the report here.

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