Virtual water hegemony: the role of agribusiness in global water governance

S. Sojamo, M. Keulertz, J.F. Warner, J.A. Allan

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The recent global food crises have highlighted how the agro-food system tends to be subject to powerful agribusiness players, with thus far unidentified consequences for global water security. By connecting hydro-hegemony and virtual water concepts, this study illustrates the Western dominance over the virtual water embedded in international agro-food commodity trade flows. Accordingly, foreign direct investment in land by emerging Asian and Arab economies and their increased competition over the sources of global food supply chains appear as strategies to challenge the Western agribusiness “virtual water hegemony”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-182
JournalWater International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • food regime
  • trade

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