Virtual water export is increasing worldwide. Scholars and policy-makers have promoted the import of virtual water – water used to produce crops and manufacture products – as a solution to increase food security in water-scarce countries. According to neoliberal reasoning, relatively water-rich countries have comparative advantages and supposedly export their virtual water to generate income. Free Trade Agreements, agricultural exportation incentives, and the increasing transnationalization of major food-chain companies and financing institutions have augmented the export of agricultural commodities and luxurious products, including high water consumptive flowers and fresh off-season vegetables.
|Media of output||Online|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Vos, J. M. C. (Author), Boelens, R. A. (Author), & Mena Vásconez, P. A. (Author). (2014). From local to virtual water control: The globalization of water insecurity and water access conflicts. Web publication/site, Unesco. http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2014/05/13/from-local-to-virtual-water-control-the-globalization-of-water-insecurity-and-water-access-conflicts/