Water shortage to hit Asia food

Scientists have warned Asian countries that they

face chronic food shortages and social unrest if they

do not improve water management, according to

a BBC report. The water experts, meeting at a UN sponsored

Conference in Sweden, said that countries

in South and East Asia must spend billions of dollars to

improve antiquated crop irrigation to cope with rapid

population increases.

“Without water productivity gains, South Asia would

need 57% more water for irrigated agriculture and East

Asia 70% more,” the scientists’ report said. “Given the

scarcity of land and water, and growing water needs

for cities, such a scenario is untenable.”


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