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Global Food and Water Crises SWA Articles

Syrian Food Security in Decline as Wheat Shortages Loom

Unprecedented challenges to Syria’s food security may worsen as the government struggles to procure wheat.

Iraq: Kurdish Dam-Building Spree Threatens Fragile Water Supplies

Water security in southern Iraq is likely to further decline in the near future as new dams are built in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Wetter than Average Summer Anticipated for Eastern Australia and the Western Pacific

The last La Niña weather event between 2010 and 2012 caused billions of dollars of damage in eastern Australia and the western Pacific. While this summer’s is expected to be less severe, it is likely to bring wetter conditions to the region.

Indonesian Farm Estate Project Could Repeat Past Mistakes

While increasing rice production would reduce the country’s reliance on imported food, it is unlikely to be economically or environmentally beneficial.

Indian Farm Bills Seek to Liberalise Agricultural Markets

The legislation is designed to give Indian farmers greater bargaining power in agricultural markets, which could improve their financial position and Indian food security.

US Launches Mekong Partnership as Chinese Debt Trap Closes on Laos

Washington launched a new partnership with Mekong countries to counter rising Chinese influence in continental South-East Asia. As parts of the region are pulled closer into Beijing’s orbit, however, it is unlikely that the new partnership will alter the geopolitical situation.

UAE and Israel Discuss Closer Co-operation in Food and Water Security

After normalising diplomatic relations, the UAE and Israel could both stand to benefit from closer collaboration in agricultural and water research and development.

Pakistani Food Security Still Precarious After Lockdown

Although Pakistan appears to be past the worst of the economic turmoil of lockdown, history points towards a food security situation that, unfortunately, is likely to worsen.

Zimbabwe’s Troubles Continue to Mount as Drought Hits Drinking Water

Drinking water shortages in urban areas are a symptom of a wider economic disaster unfolding in Zimbabwe.

China Struggles with Food Supply Following a Summer of Disaster

Xi Jinping exhorts citizens to avoid wasting food as supply falters and prices soar.

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