Nutrition and the Perfect Storm of Water

Policy Brief Published: March 2021

Water, malnutrition, poverty, climate change and demography are the big five challenges that jeopardize pledges for progress. Making use of untapped opportunities in food systems to overcome low productivity, low diversity and to realize nutrition benefits and income opportunities requires a double coordination: timely management of water and other inputs in agriculture, and a coordination with WASH services.

This Policy Brief has been authored by Jan Lundqvist (, senior scientific advisor at SIWI.

It draws on: Lundqvist, J., Malmquist, L., Dias, P., Barron, J. and Wakeyo, M. 2021. Water productivity, the yield gap, and nutrition – The case of Ethiopia. Land and Water Discussion Paper 17. FAO, Rome