Present World Situation Concerning Water and Agriculture Output

by Guy Le Moigne, Agriculture and Water Resources, Washington, United States,
Curt Carnemark, Agriculture and Water Resources, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


The supply of water for drinking and industrial purposes and for irrigation is becoming one of the more critical problems in the world and especially in developing countries. It is a topic that falls into two parts. The first is the provision of drinking water in both urban and rural situations. The second is the vital need to intensify irrigated crop production in most parts of the developing world where population growth rates remain generally in the bracket 2 to 3 per cent. The paper reviews briefly the present situation in water supply and agricultural production, considers future projections, and describes the contribution that the World Bank is making to assist developing countries in achieving their planned objectives.

Subject Headings: Irrigation water | Drinking water | Water resources | Water conservation | Water supply | Resource management | Social factors | Industries

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