Central Asia is a vast, land locked region comprised of five independent countries: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazahkstan. Due to the arid nature of the regional climate, irrigated agriculture is a necessary practice and the two major rivers, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, are heavily used for irrigation. Although most of the region has rates of food insecurity below 11%, in Tajikistan, the country with the lowest cultivated area, over 30% of the population is undernourished. Rapidly growing populations in rural areas coupled with shifting diets and an anticipated warmer climate will place increasing pressure on water resources for food production. Deteriorating water infrastructure and rising use of water for hydro power have reduced the reliability of water supply for farmers and low irrigation efficiencies have results in low yields per unit of water. Improved irrigation technology and crop management, integrated water management at the basin level to share water within an irrigated region and water governance to oversee water use of all sectors is critical to food security in the region.
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