AUB joined the Global Framework on water scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), a partnership established in April 2017, and hosted by the Land and Water division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Partners include government agencies, international organizations, research institutions, advocacy groups, and professional and membership organizations. WASAG brings together key players and sectors to identify priority actions for collaboration related to the 2010 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the adaptation and scaling up of successful responses to increased water scarcity and threats of climate change, especially as relates to agricultural production and water.
AUB’s current water related efforts include the many ways in which water intersects with other priority areas, such as land and the water-energy-food nexus, to enhance and ensure food security for all. Our university-wide initiative, WEFRAH (Water-Energy-Food-Health Nexus Renewable Resources Initiative) is a prime example of these activities. AUB wishes to contribute to the work of the WASAG partnership by offering expertise in smart irrigation, remote sensing software, and their applications to precision agriculture for increased productivity and mitigation of water scarcity impacts on agriculture. For this purpose, AUB’s 100 experiment stations at AREC in the Bekaa Valley will be available for WASAG studies. Through this partnership, AUB is helping WASAG support governments and stakeholders to achieve SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, while also contributing to SDG 1 – No poverty, SDG 13 – Climate Action, SDG 15 – Life on Land, and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.