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Water Scarcity Threatens our Food: From Competition to Unequal Access

First published at The Jakarta Post (24/11/2022)

Water availability is essential for agricultural outputs and ensuring the safety of our food supply. Drinking and sanitation, agriculture (fishery, crops and livestock), food processing and food preparation all rely on water. Therefore, water must be of sufficient quality and quantity.

A lack of available water threatens the agricultural sector and the safety of our food supply. The agriculture sector absorbs about 70 percent of all freshwater resources, making it both a cause and victim of water scarcity. This consumption rate, unless controlled, is detrimental to the ecosystem and depletes water supplies for other uses.

The climate crisis also severely affects agriculture by raising the water demand, restricting agricultural outputs, and diminishing water availability in regions where irrigation is most necessary or advantageous.