WATER IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR
Water is a crucial ingredient for growing fruits, vegetables and other crops, with around 70% of global freshwater used for agriculture. With changes in climate, sustainably managing water will be essential to ensuring continued crop production.
Many strategies focus on site-level water management, but addressing all of the sector’s water risks — from water scarcity impacting crop yields to a lack of safe water for workers — requires us to think beyond the fenceline. It requires an understanding of how water impacts are felt across complex agricultural supply chains.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship provides a systematic and auditable approach to guide your water stewardship journey, along with the tools, expertise and helping hands needed to implement the AWS Standard across value chains.
Global climate change, growing economies and changing lifestyles are putting increasing pressure on the earth’s limited freshwater resources. Water stewardship is a holistic approach for using and protecting the water we all depend on.
Our approach to water stewardship not only ensures that the most important water risks are managed but also provides a mechanism to inspire conversations and action among those entities sharing water resources. The result: stronger stakeholder relationships and an increase in a community’s collective resilience.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) exists to tackle the urgent global challenges driven by water insecurity. Our mission is to ignite and nurture global and local leadership in credible water stewardship that recognises and secures freshwater’s social, cultural, environmental and economic value.
Learn more about us by reading the AWS Strategy 2022-2030: Accelerating Impact.