"Climate Change and Water Availability for Food Production"


Note: This is an older edition of the ICCG Best Climate Practices Contest.

All information about the current edition of the contest is available on the Contest Section of this website.


Water is a resource that is essential to all aspects of life.

Food production plays a major role in water issues. Currently agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all freshwater withdrawn all around the world.

The world population is predicted to grow to 9.1 billion in 2050 and by 2030 food demand is predicted to increase by 50 percent (70 percent by 2050).

Demographic growth and the impacts of climate change are expected to add further stress to water availability, leading competition for water to increase and water supply to become less reliable in several areas of the world.

Inefficient and unsustainable use of water for agriculture and food production carries significant detrimental effects on both ecosystems and populations: it depletes aquifers, impacts on natural habitats, increases water pollution and impoverishes communities, especially where freshwater resources are already scarce.

Current water use systems and prospective future water demand raise the challenges of providing solutions to use water more efficiently and to guarantee food security under changing climate conditions.

The Best Climate Practices Contest of 2015 aimed to showcase innovative solutions to improve efficient water management and water-smart food production, and to help the winner/s in scaling up existing projects or implementing ground-breaking ideas.

45 projects and ideas from all over the world participated in the 2015 Best Climate Practices Contest. Here the map of 2015 contest’s participants:


2015 Panel of Experts

Michel Camdessus

Former member of the U.N. Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and Chairman of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Scientific Advisory Board. He was Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 1987 to 2000. Previously, he served as Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of France and Director of the Treasury.

Carlo Carraro

Director of the ICCG. He is the Director of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Programme of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and is on the Board of Directors of the Euro Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC). He is the former President of the University Ca’ Foscari Venezia and Vice Chair of the Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change.

Raffaello Cervigni

Lead environmental economist for the Africa region of the World Bank. He has led the water resource management, natural resource management, and disaster risk management communities within the Africa region. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance and was research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, University of East Anglia.

Frank Convery

Founding director and now Chairman of the UCD Earth Institute in University College Dublin. Chief economist at Environmental Defense Fund. He is active on a number of EU wide investigations and bodies, member of the Science Committee of the European Environment Agency and President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Alberto Garrido

Professor of Agricultural Economics at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He serves as Deputy Director of the Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM) and Deputy Director of the Water Observatory of the Fundación Botín, Madrid. His research focuses on economics of water, drought management, water footprint and virtual water, agricultural policy, risk management, climate change and agricultural insurance.

2015 Winners and Awards

Admitted candidates are graded with a score equally weighted between the public online poll’s results and the assessment by the international Expert Panel.

The author of the practice receiving the highest score is awarded the prize.

The winning practice of the 2015 BCP contest was awarded 10000 euros (*gross amount subject to withholding tax).

Moreover, ICCG promotes the winner and other deserving projects in competition through its communication channels and initiatives.

The winner was announced in October 2015 and the prize awarded during a ceremony organized in at Expo Milano 2015 Universal Exhibition.