Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

April 2007

Document Type



Published in Cornhusker Economics, 04/25/2007. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Given the current problems that Nebraska is facing with respect to water management and the need to reduce water consumption, it is worthwhile to consider what the relevant issues related to water consumption and management are in other parts of the world. Are other parts of the world facing similar shortages in water availability? What are the historical roots behind the development of irrigation?