Matti  Kummu

Matti Kummu

Aalto University

Associate Professor, Water & Development Research Group

Expertise: GeographyRemote SensingWater ResourcesHydrologyFood Security

Matti Kummu is assistant professor at Aalto University, Finland. His research focuses on global water and food issues, particularly assessing the future opportunities towards water-smart food production.

The main focus of his research is the interaction between the human population and water resources. He has been working extensively on assessing the global water scarcity and how it has impacted on food production and availability. To ease the ever-growing pressure on water and land resources, They are working actively in quantifying the potential of different measures, such as diet change, food loss reduction, emerging non-meat protein sources, and yield gap closure, to sustainably increase the food availability globally. Finally, They work also on more local scale challenges and opportunities on water-energy-food nexus, particularly in the Southeast Asian context.

Which country can rely on local food supply?

“The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic emphasizes the importance of self-sufficiency and local food production."

Around 80 per cent of the world’s population relies on imported food

The results indicate that local production alone cannot meet the demand for food under existing production methods and current consumption habits, explained Dr Matti Kummu, a co-author of the study.


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Lost food, wasted resources: Global food supply chain losses and their impacts on freshwater, cropland, and fertiliser use

670

2012

Sediment-related impacts due to upstream reservoir trapping, the Lower Mekong River

382

2007

Is physical water scarcity a new phenomenon? Global assessment of water shortage over the last two millennia

319

2010

Basin-wide sediment trapping efficiency of emerging reservoirs along the Mekong

242

2010

Impact of the Mekong River flow alteration on the Tonle Sap flood pulse

218

2008

Future changes in Mekong River hydrology: impact of climate change and reservoir operation on discharge

196

2012

Towards a revised planetary boundary for consumptive freshwater use: role of environmental flow requirements

180

2013

The world’s road to water scarcity: shortage and stress in the 20th century and pathways towards sustainability

171

2016

From food insufficiency towards trade dependency: a historical analysis of global food availability

156

2013

How close do we live to water? A global analysis of population distance to freshwater bodies

155

2011

Strong influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on flood risk around the world

150

2014

Water scarcity assessments in the past, present, and future

137

2017

The unfolding water drama in the Anthropocene: towards a resilience‐based perspective on water for global sustainability

134

2014

A global data set of the extent of irrigated land from 1900 to 2005

131

2015

Diet change—a solution to reduce water use?

131

2014

Water savings potentials of irrigation systems: global simulation of processes and linkages.

125

2015

Modelling climate change impacts on the flood pulse in the Lower Mekong floodplains

123

2010

Downstream hydrological impacts of hydropower development in the Upper Mekong Basin

118

2012

Fluvial sediment supply to a mega-delta reduced by shifting tropical-cyclone activity

109

2016

Impacts of hydropower and climate change on drivers of ecological productivity of Southeast Asia's most important wetland

109

2014

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