The World's Water
It takes 35 gallons of water to make one cup of coffee. Why? Because of all the water used to cultivate coffee beans. Similarly, it can take about 635 gallons to make one hamburger because of all the water required to grow feed for the cows.
The need for clean fresh water is increasing rapidly, too, as populations rise and standards of living improve around the world. In some places -- such as central California, the North China Plains, and parts of India -- the demand for water is already outstripping the local supply.
Because global water consumption is expected to increase by 40% over the next 20 years, water shortages may get more acute and widespread, spurring more reliance on desalination technologies, water reuse, and conservation. The results could have massive economic, ecological, and geopolitical consequences, creating investing opportunities in places you may never have considered.
Meet the analyst
Anna Davydova, CFA
Anna Davydova is a research analyst for Fidelity Investments. Ms. Davydova assumed her current position within the Equity Research division in May 2008 and covers the environmental services sector.
Ms. Davydova joined Fidelity in 2005 as an equity research associate following coal, oil tankers, small-cap energy services, and select renewable energy companies. After being promoted to equity research analyst, she assumed the full coverage of the renewable energy space, including solar, wind, and other clean energy stocks.
Ms. Davydova’s initial investment interest in the energy sector was sparked by her origins in Russia, a country with massive natural resources which continues to play an important role in the global energy markets today. However, her experiences while living in India and the U.S. drew her interest toward the environmental and alternative energy sectors as she recognized the global need for clean and sustainable solutions.
Ms. Davydova received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from Wellesley College and is a CFA charterholder. She also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Investing.
Global Water Shortages Will Pose Major Challenges, September 13, 2010
Water: The Most Undervalued Resource, April 13, 2010
Water: Sin Aqua Non, April 8, 2009
Columbia Water Center
Water Scarcity: A Shared Problem with a World of Solutions, June 27, 2011
GE Global Research
Water Scarcity Around the World, February 5, 2010
Water: Asia's Next Challenge
Water Scarcity & Droughts in the European Union
BBC World News America
Global Water Shortage Pt.1
Planet Water: Investing in the World's Most Valuable Resource
by Steve Hoffman