Evaluation of External Virtual Water Export and Dependency through Crop Trade: an Asian Case Study


Paddy and Water Environment
Sang-Hyun Lee
Seung-Hwan Yoo
Jin-Yong Choi
Rabi H. Mohtar
3 December 2016

The aim of this study was to evaluate virtual water export through five crops (barley, rice, maize, soybeans, and wheat) in terms of the external virtual water rate, within and outside of Asia from 2000 to 2012, and in comparison with that within and outside the European Union. These results provide information necessary for the development of an integrated water strategy in Asia, and could convince the main Asian importers of the risks of serious dependency on foreign water resources.