Planning to meet future water needs
Conservative projections foresee world population growing from approximately six billion to over eight billion people by 2050. During that same period, per capita food grain production, irrigated area, and the income of the poorest 20% are expected to decline. As a result, much of the world's population faces a future of poverty and hunger. These people, forced to the economic margins, often engage in harmful agricultural practices-fanning steep slopes, slash-burn agriculture, overgrazing-which increase soil erosion and flooding. In the context of growing population and poverty, this paper ...
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