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International Agricultural Law and Policy

A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security

Hope Johnson

Globalised agriculture and food systems are at the crux of significant issues facing humanity from the rise in diet-related diseases to water pollution and biodiversity loss. Yet, legal scholarship on the regulation of agriculture and food is only now emerging. This timely book provides the first systematic analysis of the public international rules influencing agriculture. Each chapter considers the regulatory instruments that intersect with different components of agricultural systems from land tenure and soils through to agricultural in-puts and trade.
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Chapter 5: Water

Hope Johnson


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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