Water for agriculture: Producing more with less

Producing more crops with less water, while ensuring fair and environment-friendly water distribution, is a major challenge for ACP countries.

The ‘water footprint’ reflects the amount of water needed to farm and process a product

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Related Facts and Figures

Aquastat 2014

Worldwide water use in agriculture (%)

Worldwide, agriculture uses more water than any other sector, well ahead of industrial and domestic consumption.

SOURCE: Aquastat 2014


Global water stress map

Water stress is a particularly pressing concern for ACP countries. Water shortages hinder economic growth and can lead to other phenomena such as ‘land grabbing’ for water access.



Improving soil moisture content

Sustainable farming practices can help to improve soil quality and water retention and therefore contribute to food security.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.