Almond Board of California was pleased to join the CEO Water Mandate, the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC), and other organizations from across government, the private sector, and civil society, for a two-day working summit earlier this month to develop a collective vision for water stewardship in California, explore opportunities for transformative change, and plan collective actions to advance the goals of the California Water Action Plan.
The sessions at California Water Stewardship Leaders’ Summit included topics ranging from “Creating a Shared Vision and Elevating Ambition for a Sustainable Water Future” to “Advancing Multi-Sector Water Stewardship Partnerships,” as well as a field trip to the Nigiri Project at Knaggs Ranch to see water stewardship in action.
The Almond Board’s participation in this summit is part of our ongoing investment in production efficiency and sustainability.
Water is essential to growing any food and given our crop’s unique suitability for California’s climate, the almond community is especially focused on exploring new avenues to create sustainable water resources and to ensure that farmers are using the most efficient irrigation practices to get the most crop-per-drop of water.
Over the past 20 years, the almond community has reduced the amount of water needed to grow a pound of almonds by 33 percent.1 Collaborative meetings such as these aim to help almond growers continue in there improvements along with all California farmers.
“With a seat at the table we provided a voice for not only almonds, but agriculture as a whole and we’re happy to be able to share our ideas and developments with likeminded organizations,” said Bob Curtis, Director, Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California. “With a vast knowledge of irrigation infrastructure and a long track record of research that has led to next-generation farming practices, we are proud to work with the CWAC and CEO Water Mandate on this extremely important issue.”
1University of California. UC Drought Management. Feb. 2010. Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 66 – Crop yield in response to water. 2012. Almond Board of California. Almond Almanac 1990-94, 2000-14.