The FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022 once again emphasised the need for an integrated approach to water-soil-crop management that offers various solutions to the growing salinity challenge worldwide. In addition, the science-policy-practice collaboration is needed to assess salinity levels and its causes, test innovative water and agriculture management, showcase good practices and business cases, and work on scaling up.
Wageningen Environmental Research, supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) through the Saline Water and Food System Partnership, organised a side event on 13 October to showcase innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to salinisation and ensure food security.
Salinity levels are increasing in deltas and (semi) arid areas worldwide. Innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to salinisation are needed to ensure food and nutrition security. Several of the presented cases showed the importance of data on salinity and interesting approaches to mitigate and adapt to salinisation. Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga of Wageningen University & Research moderated the meeting.
During the discussion, the participants shared what in their experience are (new) needs in the field of salinity:
Kate Negacz, vice chair of the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils, concluded the meeting by sharing her three key messages.
In summary: work together, think globally and act locally.