Programme  OS2a Trade and globalisation  abstract 34

Water and trade in agriculture. Investigating virtual water hypothesis in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Author(s): Alexandre Le Vernoy
I'm a PhD candidate at The Groupe d'Economie Mondiale at Sciences Po Paris. My research interests are largely centered on water savings in agriculture. You may find further information at this address:

Keyword(s): Virtual water, water savings, agriculture, trade

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Session: OS2a Trade and globalisation

remains central to Mediterranean economic development. It is also the main user of water as it employs 65% of all

water withdrawals in the region. Virtual water is defined as the quantity of water needed to produce a good or a

service. In particular, international trade in crops involves virtual transfers from one country to another of the water

embedded in the production process of agricultural commodities. Trade liberalization in agriculture might lead to

significant water savings whenever trade flows are set out in a way that water efficient countries are favoured.

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