Agricultural water withdrawal

(billion cubic meters per year)

India is the top country by agricultural water withdrawal in the world. As of 2020, agricultural water withdrawal in India was 688 billion cubic meters per year that accounts for 23.82% of the world's agricultural water withdrawal. The top 5 countries (others are China, Indonesia, the United States of America, and Pakistan) account for 54.96% of it. The world's total agricultural water withdrawal was estimated at 2,888.45 billion cubic meters per year in 2020.

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What is agricultural water withdrawal?

Annual quantity of water withdrawn for irrigation, livestock and aquaculture purposes.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.