The Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) connects and supports initiatives by Dutch organisations and partners from Low- and Middle-Income Countries to achieve urgent changes that contribute to sustainable food systems and nutrition security and reach SDG2 by 2030.
Several water-related challenges pose risks to sustainable food production. One such challenge is salinisation. Salinisation is rapidly becoming one of the biggest threats to food production worldwide. It severely impacts crop development and growth, threatening food security, biodiversity, and the livelihoods of millions of people in various parts of the world. Salinisation occurs both in coastal zones (e.g. tidal intrusion), and also in inland dry regions, where salts are present in soil and aquifers.
NWP and NFP collaborate by means of convening the Saline Water & Food Systems (SW&FS) partnership. The overall goal of the partnership is to strengthen the cooperation of the Dutch Saline Water and Food Systems sector in the international context to address the global challenge of salinity.
Read more about NFP and NWP's Global Campaign on salinisation, announced at the UN 2023 Water Conference.
Responses to salinity depend on the local context and can range from mitigating (e.g. salinity intrusion prevention) to adaptive actions (e.g. salt-tolerant crops). The Netherlands has a solid and promising position in both areas and is known for its integrated perspective on water management and its sustainable food systems approach.
Martijn van Staveren
Project Manager International at Netherlands Water Partnership