Improved farming techniques, such as increased drip and sprinkler irrigation, combined with best practices such as no-till farming, improved drainage, better varieties and optimized fertilizer use are all part of agriculture's water conservation efforts.

"We will face enormous challenges over the next few decades to feed our growing population while at the same time protecting our resources and using them wisely," says Minigh. "Science can help us in many ways, including conserving water, producing more food and continuously making our environmental stewardship practices even better."

The plant science industry is committed to providing farmers with the technology and knowledge they need to optimize yields and increase water efficiency, and continuing partnerships to help ensure these tools reach those who need it most.

For more information on water use in agriculture, visit CropLife International's website and 'Perspective on Water Security'. For further information on public-private partnerships in agriculture, please consult the brochure Advancing agricultural innovation through public-private partnerships.