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Biofuel Production Threatens Water Supplies in China and India
11 Oct, 2007 05:03 pm
A study released this week by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reports that the biofuel production in China and India exacerbates the scarcity of water for agricultural production in these regions. In an interview with Scitizen, lead author Charlotte de Fraiture discusses the water shortage situations in China and India, the effects of biofuel production, and the implication for environmental and agricultural policies in these two countries.
Does the production of biofuel require more water than the production of food?
So different types of biofuels don't actually pose the same water shortage problem...
Would you say that the situation is similar in other parts of the world or just in India and China?
What is your advice for the Chinese or Indian governments facing this issue?
Interview by Audrey Wang
Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture works with the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
De Fraiture C, Giordano M, Yongsong L. Biofuels and Implications for Agricultural Water Use: Blue Impacts of Green Energy. IWMI, 2007.
Paper available here