A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security
Chapter 5: Water
This chapter examines the international instruments that intersect with agricultural water uses. It begins by outlining the relationships between food security, water scarcity, and agriculture, as well as the opportunities on and off farms to improve the contributions of agriculture to rights to food and water. Following this, key gaps in the international regime for fresh water, and as they relate to agriculture, are identified and critiqued. These include inadequate regulatory responses to wastewater management, groundwater sources, and domestic water sources more generally. Future directions to address these gaps are considered. The chapter then considers the common principles and provisions of international water law, and evaluates these aspects against a rights-based approach to agricultural regulation.
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