Access to Freshwater (Page 3)
Burkina Faso: New water reservoirs will help prevent drought and faminefeedproxy.google.com | 17 Nov 2011
In order to ensure food production in the arid Burkina Faso you need to be able to store water between the rain periods. bThe small-scale water reservoirs are therefore important for people in rural areas and more drain-off reservoirs will be repaired and new ones will be built under the...
Michel Camdessus to the Board of Directors seminar at the AfDBAfrican Development Bank | 04 Nov 2011
Le gouverneur honoraire pour la Banque de France, Michel Camdessus, a effectué, jeudi 3 novembre 2011, une visite de travail au Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement. M. Camdessus a participé au séminaire du Conseil dadministration, présidé par le vice-président Aloysius Ordu.Après un...
SOUTH AFRICA: Saving Water, Money and Improving Livelihoodsips.org | 03 Nov 2011
Located in the province of Gauteng – South Africa's economic powerhouse – the Emfuleni Municipality is challenged by water losses.The municipality, which has over 1.2 million people, is now racing to save water as it loses three billion million litres annually through inefficient use, faulty...
WEST AFRICA: Niger River under Pressure from Damsips.org | 31 Oct 2011
Several major new dams are being constructed on the Niger River. It's a positive sign of growing investment in agriculture and energy, but it also has some observers worried.The new dams not only raise ecological concerns, but are also provoking difficult negotiations over equitably sharing the...
African water atlas launched in FrenchSCIDEV.NET | 27 Sep 2011
A French version of an African water atlas was launched at World Water Week, boosting the continent's capacity for water management.
Water shortage deals a blow in Marathecitizen.co.tz | 06 Apr 2011
The nearest constant supply of safe water is Lake Victoria, which over two-hour round trip from Nyankanga village.Some villagers routinely make this trip three or four times a day, every day, which leaves very little time for other tasks. The efforts by St Johns Church to build tanks by their homes to harvest rainwater could not yield fruits as the village gets scanty rainfall.
Zambia: Fishermen get hooked on farmingfeedproxy.google.com | 05 Apr 2011
A village a few hundred metres from Lake Tanganyika, which holds nearly one-sixth of the world's available fresh water, has turned its back on fishing in favour of farming. In just over two years Kapoka, with around 8,000 people in 1,000 or so households, has forsaken a traditional fishing culture that engaged three-quarters of its economically active inhabitants for generations. They had always cultivated a few crops - cassava, rice, sweet potatoes - now, 90 percent are farming.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Assessing the True Value of WaterInter Press Service | 03 Apr 2011
As water resources in Southern Africa come under pressure from growing population, climate change and increasing industrial and agricultural use, economic accounting for water is among the tools that could aid better management.
Namibia/State of emergency declared: VSO's Namibian volunteers on the front linefeedproxy.google.com | 31 Mar 2011
Floods and storms are threatening the homes and work of VSO's 54 international volunteers in Namibia including 22 volunteers from the UK. Half of VSO's international volunteers are located in the flood-affected north of the country, close to the borders with Zambia and Angola – where a State of Emergency has been declared. Access to clean drinking water is the immediate concern for the staff and the communities they live in.
Africa: Fast Pace of African Urbanization Affecting Water Supplies and SanitationAllAfrica.com | 24 Mar 2011
Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report. According to the Rapid Response Assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, urban centers in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.
Kenya: The 2010 short rains season assessment reportfeedproxy.google.com | 24 Mar 2011
An estimated 2.4 million persons, up from 1.6 million in August 2010, require food and non-food assistance for the next six months, at least. The interventions are required urgently, so as to bridge significant household food gaps while protecting livelihoods. The exceptionally poor performance of the 2010 October to December short rains occurred after similarly poor March-June long rains in the northern and northeastern pastoral areas; and the southeastern and coastal lowlands.
UGANDA: Food, water crisis looms for thousandsIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Thousands of people in 36 of Uganda's 112 districts are at risk of serious food and water shortages due to drought attributed to the La Niña weather phenomenon. Health officials have warned of outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery, due to poor hygiene.
WATER: Optimism at World Water Day conferenceIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Half the world's population now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to balloon to more than 70 percent by 2050, but in Africa, where the rate of urbanization is highest, the provision of clean drinking water has been shrinking steadily since 1990. "The ability of [African] governments to...
Africa: U.N. Water Conference Focuses on CitiesAllAfrica.com | 22 Mar 2011
Cape Town — As a U.N. conference on water opens in South Africa today, the country's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has repeated warnings that the country faces a water supply crisis. Experts attending the three-day conference will consider the challenges posed by growing demands, migration and water resources potentially limited by careless use and climate change.
Innovations in water management needed to sustain citiesfeedproxy.google.com | 22 Mar 2011
"Within the next 20 years, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, with most urban expansion taking place in the developing world. Ensuring access to nutritious, affordable food for the poorer of these city-dwellers is emerging as a real challenge," said Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources.
Mauritania, Kuwait, Jordan water said least secureReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan have the least secure water supplies, according to a ranking on Tuesday that says shortages in the Middle East and North Africa might cause political tensions and even higher oil prices.
A Moment of Silence for Dying Millions on World Water DayInter Press Service | 18 Mar 2011
When the international community commemorates World Water Day next week, perhaps it should ponder the words of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who once remarked he does not expect people world over to stop what they are doing and observe a moment of silence, come Mar. 22.