More than two-thirds of the water withdrawn from the earth's rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation.

Yemen: with border irrigation, water is retained by small dirt dykes
FAO photo by J. Van Acker

More photos in this series:

  • China: farmer using a hand-operated pump to draw up water from canal
  • India: a poplar plantation thrives on raw sewage water piped directly from nearby homes

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