event 07 февр. 2023 time 00:00 10 февр. 2023 time 00:00 location Praia, Cabo Verde

2nd WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) aims to address the increasing challenges posed by climate change and the resulting water scarcity to make agriculture more resilient. The second WASAG international forum provides the setting for this step. The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme will contribute with an input at the Technical Session 2.e: Sustainable Agricultural Water Use on 8 February 2023.

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Making agriculture resilient for climate change: Water scarcity, an opportunity for action and collaboration

Praia, Cabo Verde, West Africa, 7-10 February 2023


Following its launch during the UNFCCC’s COP 21 in Marrakech Morocco in November 2016, the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) has steadily received recognition and mandate to support countries in finding solutions to cope with climate change in agriculture in the face of climate change.

In April 2017, a meeting of Partners agreed to establish a WASAG partnership to be hosted by FAO to advance the mandate of the Framework.

Emerging from its foundational years, WASAG held its first international forum with the theme Leaving no one behind from 19 to 22 March 2019 in Praia, Cabo Verde, where the partners – under the leadership of the six WASAG working groups – developed and adopted the Praia Commitments.

With the contribution of its 70 partners, WASAG has since developed its strategy for 2021-2024. WASAG is set to further play a greater role in developing collaborative actions as solutions to the increasing challenges posed by climate change and the resulting water scarcity, in order to make agriculture more resilient. The second WASAG international forum, which is again hosted by the Government of Cabo Verde provides the setting for this step.

Objectives of the forum

  • To mobilize political commitment to accelerate strategic actions, including policies and investments for addressing water scarcity in agriculture
  • To formulate messages that will raise the profile of water scarcity in agriculture in the climate change dialogues at the forthcoming at the UN Water Conference in March 2023 and UNFCCC COP 28 in November 2023
  • To discuss ways of making the partnership more effective and impactful for the implementation of the new WASAG Strategy 2021-2024 and involving all Partners
  • To share relevant knowledge and information on key issues and to network and to foster collaboration among partners
  • To showcase latest technologies, practices and products in agriculture (through the fair)

Desired outcomes

The forum will aim to promote and position agriculture at the core of climate change discussions in view of the forthcoming events and beyond:

  • UN Water conference (New York, 22-24 March 2023) – Comprehensive mid-term review of the implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, 'Water for Sustainable Development', 2018-2028.
  • UNFCCC COP 28 (United Arab Emirates, 6-17 November 2023) – Climate Change

The forum will also aim to define the actions and review the modus operandi of WASAG in order to accelerate the delivery of the Framework and its Partnership on its mandate.

Draft Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday 7 February 2023 (CVT/UTC -1)

9:00 – 10:30 – OPENING CEREMONY (Plenary)

10:30 – 11:00 – Photo group and Press conference


13:30 – 15:00 – Technical session 1.a: Water and Nutrition

13:30 – 15:00 – Technical session 1.b: Saline agriculture

13:30 – 15:00 – Side event 1: Achieving SDG6 in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

15:30 – 17:00 – Technical session 1.d: Water quality

15:30 – 17:00 – Technical session 1.d: Drought preparedness

15:30 – 17:00 – Side event 2: Guidelines on pressurized irrigation systems

Day 2 – Wednesday 8 February 2023 (CVT/UTC -1)

8:30 – 9:00 – Debriefing of the day

9:00 – 10:30 – FAO on novel approaches

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee break – Poster exhibition

11:00 – 12:30 – Technical session 2.a: Water and migration

11:00 – 12:30 – Technical session 2.b: Inclusive Farmer-led Water Management

11:00 – 12:30 – Side event 3: Soft launch of the Farmers’ Guidelines "Soil and Water management in salt affected areas"

13:30 – 15:00 – Technical session 2.c: Dryland Agriculture

13:30 – 15:00 – Technical session 2.d: Innovation, Technology/Data and Science


15:30 – 17:00 – Technical Session 2.e: Sustainable Agricultural Water Use with contribution of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme

15:30 – 17:00 – Side event 4: Water productivity, the yield gap, and nutrition in a climate crisis: Field insights from Benin, Mozambique and Niger


Day 3 – Thursday 9 February 2023 (CVT/UTC -1)

9:00 – 10:30 – Side event 5: Towards the operationalization of transdisciplinary participatory WEFE Nexus approaches for achieving water and food security

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee break – Poster exhibition

11:00 – 12:30 – Partners Meeting (closed door)

13:30 – 15:30 – CLOSING CEREMONY (Plenary)

15:30 – Official visit of the technological and agriculture fair

Day 4 – Friday 10 February 2023 (CVT/UTC -1)

Field trip

More information and registration

Kindly find more information on the event on the FAO website. Follow this link to register for the forum.

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