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FAO warns of need for more water resources


FAO warns of need for more water resources

Rome, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday remarked that 35% more freshwater needed to feed growing population by 2050.

In 2050, in order to meet the growing demand for food, fiber and animal feedstuffs, this global production will have to increase by 50% compared to 2012, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu stressed.

According to Dongyu, under normal conditions this would imply at least 35% of additional drinking water resources.

Dongyu added that in this calculation FAO took into account that agriculture consumes 72% of the planet’s freshwater resources.

FAO´s latest report indicated that over 2 billion people are living in water-stressed countries, meaning that water need is higher than the amount available.


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