Water and Sanitation

  • USAID Water and Development Strategy

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  • Check out the latest issue of USAID’s Global Waters magazine.

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  • Safeguarding the World’s Water: Report for USAID Fiscal Year 2012 Water Sector Activities

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  • Celebrate World Water Day March 22nd

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  • From the Field: Liberia

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Water & Wastewater Sector Support Project in Egypt
Water & Wastewater Sector Support Project in Egypt
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Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay

Water is essential to health and food production. Currently, nearly 800 million people lack dependable access to clean water and about 2.5 billion lack access to modern sanitation, putting them at risk of disease. Food production is the largest consumer of water, and also represents the largest unknown factor of future water use as the world population continues to increase. Global population growth projections of two to three billion people over the next 40 years, combined with changing diets, are expected to increase food demand 70 percent by 2050.

Our Water and Development Strategy steers USAID’s water programs toward key themes consistent with two of the most important ways we rely on water: water for health and water for food. It is our hope that improvements in WASH programs, and sound management and use of water for food security will save lives and advance development.

That’s why we are committed to integrating a focus on water across our agriculture, health and climate work by:

We have a long history of delivering results:

  • We've brought safe water and sanitation to more than 50 million people, while assisting governments and private firms to plan, manage and distribute water more equitably and affordably.
  • In Afghanistan, USAID-supported agricultural programs brought 27,387 hectares under improved irrigation in FY 2012.
  • USAID is educating communities about improved WASH. Using rainwater-harvesting systems, thousands of liters of clean water are now available to students for hand washing in 69 schools in 11 districts of Ghana.
  • USAID is working to improve watersheds in Malawi while building the capacity of farmers. In FY 2012, a USAID program rehabilitated 13 micro-watersheds and increased the yield of smallholder farmers through training in improved agricultural techniques and access to treadle pumps for better irrigation.

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Last updated: April 23, 2014

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