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Global Food and Water Crises SWA Articles

Arsenic and the Ganges Delta: Water Crisis in Bangladesh

In the face of a water crisis started by arsenic poisoning of groundwater and further compounded by climate change-induced salinity, the Bangladeshi Government will need to act swiftly to prevent a future surge of climate refugees.

Australia Could Regain Some of its Lost Wheat Market Share in Indonesia

Due to increased competition from the Black Sea region, Australian wheat lost some of its market share in Indonesia. Russian export duties and a decline in Ukrainian wheat production could see Australia regain some of that share, at least in the short term.

Hunger Worsens in Myanmar due to Deteriorating Political Situation

Myanmar’s precarious food security situation has been thrown into almost as much chaos as the country’s political system.

African Swine Fever Variants Discovered in China, Posing a Threat to Pork Production

While African Swine Fever remains contained in China, a resurgence of the disease would delay efforts to rebuild the swine herd after several years of decline, reduce global grain prices and increase the cost of meat.

Bangladesh Sees Food Security Decline for the Second Year in a Row

The events of last year hampered Dhaka’s efforts to reduce poverty and improve food security. They exposed vulnerabilities in the Bangladeshi food system that are likely to present challenges to its long-term food security.

After Devastating Flood, What Now for India?

Climate change, dams and a lack of glacial monitoring are making floods of this nature increasingly likely. Urgent action is needed to prevent another disaster.

International Food Prices Rise to Six-Year High, Presenting an Opportunity for Australian Exporters

Higher Chinese demand for feed grains and the imposition of Russian wheat export duties are pushing global food prices higher. Higher prices will benefit food exporters, including Australia, but will increase living costs for populations in poorer, import-reliant countries.

Trouble Brews in South-East Asia as Thailand Rejects Laotian Dam Report

The latest move indicates growing, if belated, concern around the environmental and economic viability of damming the Mekong River.

Ethiopia Accused of Weaponising Food in Tigrayan Conflict

While it is difficult to prove the allegation that Addis Ababa deliberately blocked the delivery of food aid, it is likely to tarnish the reputation of its reform-minded Prime Minister.

Water Storage Projected to Decline by Two-Thirds as Climate Changes

A study finds that the southern hemisphere will be especially at risk as terrestrial water storage falls, increasing the risk of violence within states.

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