Monday, November 03, 2003

Water shortage

According to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Africa faces massive water shortages in the future. There will be a substantial increase in demand in the next twenty years or so, and action is required to improve the efficiency of water usage as soon as possible. Ninety per cent of water in Africa is used in agriculture.

The changes required are probably not technically difficult. By using better irrigation methods, and crops which use less water, water usage per head could be cut substantially.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Thirsty Africa faces food crisis

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