Coordinating land and water governance - An essential part of achieving food security

This paper aims to initiate a debate to coordinate land and water governance for the sake of global food security. The arguments are that the new geopolitics of land and water calls for a more strategic, governance-level response in which land and water are reconnected, and the political dimension of the modalities of their allocation and use are fully recognised.

F eeding the world’s growing population and finding the land and water to grow enough food continues to be a basic and sizeable challenge. It is an enormous task because the increase in food production required to meet future needs may have to be achieved with fewer land and water resources. Yet water resources and land use planning and management are mostly disconnected. With this paper we wish to initiate the debate to coordinate land and water governance for the sake of global food security. We argue that the new geopolitics of land and water calls for a more strategic, governance-level response in which land and water are reconnected and the political dimension of the modalities of their allocation and use are fully recognised.

Madiodio Niasse and Jan Cherlet