Water stress to hit India’s food production by 2050

Water stress to hit India’s food production by 2050 : According to the report, published GCEW, revealed that India will face a reduction of over 16% in food supply due to water and heat stress in 2050.

However, the report placed China at the top, where food supply would be reduced by 22.4%, followed by South America by 19.4%.

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The report says many Asian countries, including China and ASEAN members, who are currently net food exporters, would become net food importers by 2050. The water stress means the demand for clean or usable water is exponentially growing while sources are shrinking. India ranks 13 globally on the facing water stress in 2019.

The water supply availability in India is between 1100-1197 billion cubic meters (bcm). In contrast, the demand is expected to grow from 550-710 bcm in 2010 to around 900-1,400 bcm in 2050. The report is titled ‘The What, Why and How of the World Water Crisis: Global Commission on the Economics of Water Phase 1 Review and Findings’ published by the Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW). 

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