Virtual water trade: India loses, China gains

The concept of virtual water trade is a bit complicated, I admit. Its the water used or embedded in producing a commodity, which translates into the amount of unseen or virtual water that goes out with export of the product; and or comes in through imports.

Using that yardstick, India is losing water, while China has been smarter in gaining water, through their individual food trade policies, says recent research from India. Here’s my report in Third Pole Net, based on the research from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Fourth Paradigm Institute.

It says food exports are running India dry, while China is conserving its water supply by importing water-intensive crops such as soya.

What’s your view .. can India improve its virtual water footprint?




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