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Initiatives to improve access to water in LatAm

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Staff Writer | September 1, 2017
Several initiatives to improve access to water in Latin America and the Caribbean stand out in an event.
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Drinking water   The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, in the context of the World Water Week, that there was a joint program elaborated together with the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, to make water more accessible to the vulnerable rural communities in several countries in the region.

The program called Mesoamerica Sin Hambre (Middle America without Hunger) is currently implemented in countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama, helping communities to take advantage of rain water to use it as a source of drinkable and harmless water to use it for irrigation in times of drought.

The FAO's website reports the organization also supports communities of Bolivia and the Dominican Republic so that they use rainwater.

'With a minimum of economic investment, we can guarantee the access to drinking water and improve the quality of life of the vulnerable communities. The access to water is a human right', assures Marcos Rodríguez, coordinator of the program Middle America without Famine in Colombia.

The FAO and the International Institute for Management of Water released in the event that takes place in this capital the conclusions of a study on the last scientific investigations on the contamination of water on a global scale from a food and agricultural perspective.

Agriculture, which consumes 70 percent water the world around, plays an important role in its contamination.

The farms unload large numbers of agrochemical products, organic matters, residues of medicines, sediments and saline drainage, adds FAO.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the importance of the quality of water and includes a specific target for its conservation.