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Publication // Virtual water: its implications on agriculture and trade

By Chittaranjan Ray, David McInnes and Matthew Sanderson. This article considers questions of gaps in knowledge, why sustainability matters, and the policy implications of virtual water trade. It has its origins in a workshop supported by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resources Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, on virtual water, agriculture, and trade at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in September 2016.

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Water is the basis of life. And, unlike various forms of energy generation, water cannot simply be created where it is needed. Freshwater is remarkably scarce, comprising just 2.5% of the global water supply. Although this water at an annual level may be judged as sufficient for human use, spatio-temporal variations in the availability of freshwater over the globe is a challenge. Growing populations and rising levels of affluence mean increased competition for water, raising vital questions of equity, access, and social justice at the global scale. Water is thus a lens through which to examine an array of vital issues facing humanity and the planet: human and animal health; food production; environmental management; resource consumption; climate change adaptation and mitigation; economic development, trade and competitiveness; and ethics and consumer trust – to name but a few. The articles here, arising from a workshop supported by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resources Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, on virtual water, agriculture, and trade at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in September 2016, consider questions of gaps in knowledge, why sustainability matters, and the policy implications of virtual water trade

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October 2018

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Water International Volume 43, 2018 - Issue 6: Virtual Water: Its Implications on Agriculture and Trade

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