India might face dire water shortages by 2050, The Economist writes, yet lacks a comprehensive plan to manage the critical resource. Massive infrastructure development and water-sharing efforts are needed to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with rain-fed agriculture and illegal pumping of groundwater.
Until East Africa's economic difficulties are addressed, efforts to end conflict in the region will fail, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Herman J. Cohen writes in The New York Times. The incoming U.S. administration, Cohen argues, should move to negotiate a common market in the region to undercut the violence and help the affected countries efficiently use natural resources for economic benefit.
A year-long drought and accompanying sandstorms have devastated Iraq's vital wheat and barley crops and endangered its' water supply, leaving authorities facing the prospect of importing large amounts of food in the coming months even as global prices soar. The food and water situation is raising public health concerns for a population already facing economic difficulties and food insecurity.
At the core of many of Kenya's problems, including its recent bloody political conflict, is the fact that it has too little arable land, the Financial Times reports in this analysis. This has added to disputes between tribes, and prevents many families from pursuing their own livelihoods. Kenya's leaders are considering land reform, but they differ sharply on how it should be done.