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Agricultural water withdrawal

(billion cubic meters per year)

China is the top country by agricultural water withdrawal in the world. As of 2012, agricultural water withdrawal in China was 388 billion cubic meters per year that accounts for 76.61 % of the world's agricultural water withdrawal. The top 5 countries (others are Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Algeria) account for 97.03 % of it. The world's total agricultural water withdrawal was estimated at 506.46 billion cubic meters per year in 2012.

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Annual quantity of water withdrawn for irrigation, livestock and aquaculture purposes. It includes renewable freshwater resources as well as over-abstraction of renewable groundwater or withdrawal of fossil groundwater, use of agricultural drainage water, (treated) wastewater and desalinated water.