Nine billion consumers and the water crises

Policy Brief Published: October 2015

While the determination to eliminate hunger is fundamental for security, an opposite type of malnutrition has exploded. In a new policy brief, we outline strategies to ease the double burden of malnutrition in a turbulent water future.


In recent decades, increases in food supply have outpaced population increase. While undernourishment has declined, overweight, obesity and micro-nutrient deficiencies now affect 2-3 times more people. With game-changing circumstances, like global warming, water crises, and concerns for human health and well-being, more of the same is not an appropriate approach. A sound vision is needed for food and nutrition security in a turbulent future. Consumers need to be involved in strategies to care for and share finite water resources.