WRI interactive map shows link between water stress, agriculture

Nov. 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 25 percent of the world’s agriculture is grown in high water stress areas.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new interactive map from the World Resources Institute's Aqueduct project shows that more than 25 percent of the world's agriculture is grown in areas of high water stress, according to a press release.

In addition, 40 percent of the global food supply is grown on irrigated cropland, noted the release.

Considering this stress between water supply and food production, the release reported three points to keep in mind: That different crops face different levels of stress in different regions, that water consumption levels vary by crop type and that irrigated land is twice as likely to be highly stressed.

According to the release, 70 percent of all human water withdrawal is for agriculture, and water demand in general is expected to rise 50 percent by 2030.

The interactive map is available here.