Dataset used for assessing animal and poultry production water footprint in selected countries of the MENA region

Data Brief. 2019 Oct 7;27:104621. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104621. eCollection 2019 Dec.


This article describes the data used to assess and quantify the local and imported (green, blue, and grey) fractions of unit and total water footprint of six categories of livestock animals along with their derived products in 14 selected countries of the MENA region. Interpretation of this data can be found in a research article titled "New estimates of water footprint for animal products in fifteen countries of the Middle East and North Africa (2010-2016)" [1]. These countries are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen. The main farm animals covered are beef cattle, dairy cows, sheep and goats, broilers, and layers. These data cover the period 2010-2016. The data show that the MENA region consumes more than 80 billion m3 of water every year for animal consumption, most of which is imported. The proportion of imported blue water to total imported water is higher than that of the local.

Keywords: Beef; Bluewater; Dairy; Green water; Poultry; Sheep and goats.