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Arab Countries Threatened by Shortage of Food and Scarce Water
10/08/2008

A report jointly prepared by the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that scarcity of water threatens agriculture from Kazakhstan to the Maghreb (North Africa)-an area characterized by a unique agricultural diversity but this diversity is disappearing because of scarcity of water extending to Egypt and the Arab countries.

The scarcity of water has meant lower productivity, forcing many countries in the region to be a net importer of food. The challenges facing this area weaken the small farmers from competing at a time when the governments should provide protection to agriculture in an area that falls under the burden of poverty, illiteracy and hunger.

Al-Sharq, Qatar, October 1, 2008

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