Publication: Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Water Stress and Impact Mitigation Potential
Food production is strongly water-limited in many regions, reflecting the fact that under dry conditions the amount of water in the soil is not sufficient to sustain optimal plant growth. This paper provides a geographically explicit quantification of a) the current (1971-2000 average) blue and green water consumption in global agriculture; b) the current and possible future (2041-2070 average) water limitations to crop production; and c) the potential to mitigate this limitation through rainwater harvesting and vapor shift management strategies.
“Gerten, Dieter; Rost, Stefanie. 2010. Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Water Stress and Impact Mitigation Potential. © Washington, DC: World Bank. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/0f1a3faa-f759-5aeb-b89c-811ad749e433 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”