Addressing Water Pollution from Agriculture in South Asia – Policy Brief

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April 2021


Agricultural water pollution has emerged as a critical issue in South Asia. Agricultural activities, particularly an excessive use of agro-chemicals, has increasingly become a leading contributor to water pollution among the landbased sources. Through agricultural intensification, South Asian countries are determined to enhance agricultural production to promote economic growth, and ensure livelihoods and food security, paying little attention to water pollution caused by agricultural activities.
» Reduce use of agrochemicals through promoting bio-fertilizers/bio-pesticides and good agricultural practices<br>
» Develop and enforce policies and laws to regulate agrochemicals use and promote good agricultural practices<br>
» Promote awareness, capacity building and collaborative action research