Water and Food Statistics

  • It takes 13000 – 15000 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of grain-fed beef (FAO Water)

  • Growing 1kg of cereal demands about 2 tonnes of water. (FAO Water)

  • Between 2000-2050, the world’s population is expected to grow from 6 to 9 billion, which will significantly increase the demand for food and other goods. (UNDWWR3. p.101)

  • Agriculture is by far the biggest user of water, accounting for almost 70 percent of all withdrawals, and up to 95 percent in developing countries. (FAO Water)

  • FAO estimates that the world’s growing population will require about 50 percent more food by 2030 compared to 1998. In the last 30 years, food production has increased by more than 100 percent. (FAO Water)

  • 777 million people in developing countries do not have access to sufficient and adequate food.(WWAP- Facts and Figures)

Posted: 2010-05-25


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