Water resources in the Asia Pacific region are severely threatened by rising populations. By 2050, the number of people in the region will be more than 2.5 billion. While access to fresh water is still difficult for an estimated 1.7 billion people today, to produce more food for the future, agriculture will need to use much more water from the region’s already limited supply.
Much has been done in the past five years to avert the impending water crisis overshadowing the region. Multilateral financial institutions like ADB are continually working with governments to better manage water resources – making its use more productive and giving access where there is none.