Biomass production for food, feed, fuel, and fiber consumes about 70 % of fresh water withdrawn worldwide. It is the number one water consumer globally. Currently, about 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity. By 2025 two thirds of the world’s population will live under water stressed conditions and about 1.8 billion people will suffer absolute water scarcity. Based on probable climate change scenarios half of the world’s population will live in areas of high water stress by 2030. Evidently, supplying the world’s growing population with a dependable and affordable stream of biomass is inextricably linked to increasing water productivity.
eLEAF has developed and is the intellectual owner of an essential enabling technology necessary to address this global challenge: PiMapping®.