Lack of water for agriculture

Other Names:
Shortage of water for food production
Limited water for farming

Worldwide, agriculture accounts for more than 70 per cent of freshwater consumption, mainly for irrigation of agricultural crops. In Africa and Asia, agriculture accounts for nearly 80 per cent. Agricultural demand for water is projected to increase sharply, since much of the additional food that will be needed to feed the world population in the future is expected to come from an increase in irrigated land. In regions where water is in short supply, however, there may be a good case for buying in staple foods and using the irrigation water saved for domestic and industrial purposes.

Broader Problems:
Shortage of fresh-water
Related Problems:
Undeveloped irrigation system
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
21.02.2020 – 16:22 CET