Water Footprint Assessment: towards water-wise food systems

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This chapter describes how to assess and reduce food systems’ pressure on global freshwater resources through the Water Footprint Assessment framework. First, we describe how to model the green and blue water footprint of growing a crop according to recent advances in the field of study. Second, we summarize methods to assess the environmental sustainability, efficiency and equitability of the water footprint of food systems. Lastly, we explore actions that both direct and indirect stakeholders can take to transform current food systems towards more water-wise food systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Systems Modelling
Subtitle of host publicationTools for Assessing Sustainability in Food and Agriculture
EditorsChristian J. Peters, Dawn D. Thilmany
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-822112-9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 14 Jan 2022


  • Water footprint
  • Water footprint assessment
  • Water productivity
  • Crop model
  • Crop modeling
  • Water stewardship
  • Sustainability
  • Water management
  • Water governance
  • Water dependency
  • 22/2 OA procedure


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