It takes between 2000 and 5000 Litres of water to create one person’s daily food intake


World Water Day
22 March

“Unless we increase our capacity to use water wisely in agriculture, we will fail to end hunger and we will open the door to a range of other ills, including drought, famine and political instability.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Water Day 2012

Rice fields in a hill tribe village, near Sapa, Viet NamOn average, farmers need 2,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of rice. According to the FAO, estimated that the world produced 721 million tonnes of rice in 2011. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Theme 2012:
Water and Food Security

World Water Day 2012 is coordinated by theFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The theme of “Water and Food Security” is high on the agenda this year with three major international events — the World Water ForumWorld Water Day and World Water Week — that address the relationships between water and food production and look at ways to feed growing populations within the boundaries of our freshwater resources.

This year on World Water Day…

“The world is thirsty. Because we are hungry.”

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050.

Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ‘drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

And you? Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint? Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign “Water and Food Security” and find out more.


2 thoughts on “It takes between 2000 and 5000 Litres of water to create one person’s daily food intake

  1. Marcel Mbongo

    Thanks for the information. I now know I must boil and treat water with household bleach or parazone before consumption,if I must spare my children the cholera ache, diarhoea, typhoid…..

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