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Solution for Water Scarcity and Virtual Water Trade

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Two fifths of the world’s population faces water shortages. During the coming decades, water scarcity is expected to rise as a result of a rapid increase in the demand for water due to population gr ...

Two fifths of the world’s population faces water shortages. During the coming decades, water scarcity is expected to rise as a result of a rapid increase in the demand for water due to population growth, urbanization and increasing consumption of water per capita. In addition, climate change is expected to influence the supply of water, modifying the regional distribution of freshwater resources.

Intensify agricultural production sustainably with more efficient water use.

Agricultural management is crucial to ensure that water resources are used effectively and efficiently. Investing in agricultural research should be a priority to increase the productivity of agriculture and water, and to achieve a sustainable use of water resources. Higher productivity levels would enable the food system to feed a growing world population.

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    Governments should foster water recycling, value-oriented water reuse and enforce quality standards.

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    An integrated water management policy should consider the human dimension of water scarcity.

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