3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
[MIS01-08] Agricultural and Pastoral Systems as Nexus of Food and Water in Dryland Asia
Keywords:Drylands Asia, Food and Water Nexus, Food Security, Ecosystem Services
Given the complexity and interplay among the food, water and energy in dryland ecosystems, the questions arise 1) whether or not the existing agricultural and pastoral ecosystems are endowed to have the capability to produce the required food, given its nexus to water and energy, 2) whether or not the current land use and consumption practices are sustainable when considering other ecosystem services critical for societal sustainable development, and 3) what are alternatives to ensure a sustainable trajectory of regional development to meet the new food demand?
This presentation reviews existing practices and proposes alternative solutions from both producer and consumer perspectives. The focus will be specifically on examining the trade-offs between different ecosystem services that drylands in Asian may provide. Preliminary analysis suggested that the current trajectory of meat and milk production is likely not on a sustainable pathway.