OP-ED: Women and Girls at Heart of the Blue Revolution

Lakshmi Puri – IPS – Friday, 14 September 2012 (originally published 11 Sept)

Portrait of Lakshmi Puri
Lakshmi Puri. Image: Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 11 2012 (IPS) – World Water Week recently concluded in Stockholm with a special emphasis on the linkages between water and food security.

From the worst drought in 56 years in the United States Midwest, to the Karnataka’s drought in India, to the protracted drought in the Sahel region of West Africa, we have also seen how in our globalised world the nexus between lack of water and food security in one corner of the world affects us all.

The impact of the drought in the Midwest has resulted in higher prices for corn and soybeans. In the Sahel, 18.7 million people are facing food insecurity. These events are a stark reminder of how the environmental dimension has direct economic and social consequences . . .

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