Water and Food Security - NR fact sheet

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Water and Food Security




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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, 2008



FACTS

During the second half of the 20th century, world population had a twofold increase, agriculture doubled food production and developing countries increased per capita food consumption by 30 percent. However, while feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non-food crops such as cotton, rubber and industrial oils in an increasingly productive way, agriculture also confirmed its position as the biggest user of water on the globe. Irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater appropriated for human use.



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