The United Nations has themed this year’s edition of the World Water Day “Leaving No One Behind”.
The World Water Day is observed internationally as a day to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues, and take actions towards making a difference.
This year, the event is focused on addressing water crisis as it affects marginalized groups, including women, children, refugees, indigenous people, disabled people and many others, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), agriculture is the largest consumer of the earth’s available fresh water as it competes with domestic and environmental needs, particularly in areas where irrigation is essential.
It is against this backdrop that the UN seeks to improve water management in agriculture to achieve efficient and sustainable use of water and ensure food security.
A UN World Water Development Report released recently in Geneva said that Water use has risen to about 1 percent a year since 1980, with more than 2 billion people now living in countries experiencing high water stress.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water sector in November last year, when he inaugurated the National Action Plan for Revitalisation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector.