Facts and Figures

Water scarcity may limit food production and supply, putting pressure on food prices

  • Water scarcity may limit food production and supply, putting pressure on food prices and increasing countries’ dependence on food imports. Rising demand for food caused by growing populations and shifting diets, production shortfall in some countries, increased costs for key agricultural inputs such as fertilizers (driven in turn by energy costs), bioenergy-related incentives in some countries and possible financial speculation have all contributed to the steep rises in food prices.

Related themes: State of the Resource; Food and Agriculture; Allocating Water

Back to top