Brent Paterson, Executive Director of the Irrigation and Farm Water Division at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, discusses the key drivers of global food production and water use, and the opportunities it creates for Canadian agriculture.
- The key global drivers of food production and water demands are population, economic diversification and a growing middle class.
- Climate change will become more of a driver of water quality and availability going forward.
- Increased global demands for food and Canada's abundant water supply will create opportunities for Canadian agriculture.
- To make the most of these opportunities, Canadian agriculture will have to manage resources effectively and make objective, proactive decisions.