Cotton and Water Use

Cotton and Water Use

(Adapted from a recent publication by ICAC and FAO: Measuring Sustainability in Cotton Farming Systems, Towards a Guidance Framework. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4170e.pdf)

Resource use is a critical factor in all production systems. With the world population growing to more than 9 billion by 2050, combined with rising incomes leading to increased commodity consumption, there will be increased pressure on the use of agricultural land, water and energy. Cotton will be competing with other users, both agricultural and non-agricultural, for access to resources, and all farmers will be under pressure to raise yields per hectare, yields per liter and yields per calorie in order to remain viable in the economy of the future. Continue reading