Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of the Jal Shakti union, said on Tuesday that climate change was likely to affect the water cycle and thus affect food security, but effective water savings would only take place with community involvement.
“Climate change is already impacting our water cycle, it is further going to impact severely. It will also impact our water resources. The already felt impacts of floods and droughts are definitely its footprints. This will pose a threat to our food security,” remarked Shekhawat, during the virtual session of a webinar dedicated to International Water Security and Climate Change 2021.
The conference was organised by the Global Counter Terrorism Council in conjunction with a number of governments, including the Central Water Commission and International Commission for Irrigation and Sewerage.
Climate change is a global problem which is not geographically limited and one that comes knocking at our doors on a daily basis,”the minister said.
Recalling today’s global food supply lines, the Minister stated:”Therefore, despite abundance of water in any region, that region can face food insecurity as other areas are facing the impact of that threat due to climate change.”.
India is facing greater challenges with climate change, which has major geographic spread, he said, adding:”Plus, we have a large population that is growing. We have maximum contaminated water systems. We have 18 per cent share of world population but only 4 per cent of water.”
Referring to the many programs implemented by the Modi government and his departmental water ministry, the minister said:”But only state efforts are not enough.
India has the highest level of water extraction and with a wealth of dams, it is difficult to do anything other than rely on groundwater for about 65 percent of the irrigation in India, Mr Modi added.