Reducing water risk in food supply chains


Reducing water risk in food supply chains

The ADAS Sustainable Food and Farming team provide strategic and technical advice to food and drink businesses on where their embedded water risks sit within their food supply chain and develop strategies to help reduce water use and minimise risk.

Goal 6:  Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Many food and drink businesses have in the past focused on water use in factory, but this may only be a fraction of the total water needed to produce a product.  Globally agriculture uses an estimated 70% of all blue water (water withdrawn from rivers, lakes or the ground), and an estimated 40% of global food production is reliant on irrigation to provide its water needs.  Increasing competition from industry and domestic consumers of water, as well as from increasing agricultural production means that there is increasing pressure on this limited resource. 

Water availability is going to play an increasingly important role in the ability of farmers and producers to provide high quality crop and livestock products to the food and drink industry.  ADAS is able to help food and drink businesses understand the balance between water need and water availability.  Those elements of the supply chain that have high water need and are being grown or produced in areas of high water stress have the highest water risks associated with their production.  

ADAS will work with food and drink businesses to identify the risk and any opportunities for improvements in water efficiency within the supply chain to help meet wider water reduction goals.

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