Öffentliche Vorlesung (auf Englisch): Water for life and food: Synergies between SDGs 2 and 6 and human rights (Prof. Lyla Mehta, PhD)
Water for life and food: Synergies between SDGs 2 and 6 and human rights
Prof. Lyla Mehta, PhD, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex
This lecture focusses on linkages between SDG 6 water + SDG 2 zero hunger + SDG 2 access to land and SDG 10 reducing inequality. Water is essential for all life and integral to food system functioning and improved food systems are essential to meet SDG on water and sanitation. The lecture challenge mainstream supply-oriented and neo-Malthusian visions that argue for the need to increase the amount of land under irrigation in order to feed the world’s growing population. Instead, we argue for a reframing of the debate concerning production processes, waste, food consumption whilst proposing alternative strategies to improve water and land productivity, putting the interests of marginalised and disenfranchised groups upfront.
Land and water rights often go hand in hand, and are marked by gender, caste, racial and other exclusions. The lecture highlights how accessing water for food security can be challenging for smallholders, vulnerable and marginalized women and men, and how water allocation systems and reform processes can negatively affect local people’s informal rights. It argues for the need to improve policy coherence across water, land and food and will conclude by making a case for strengthening the relationship between the human rights to water and food, especially for marginalised women and men.
Zeit & Ort
23.05.2022 | 16:00 c.t. - 18:00