Forskning & Framsteg

Why is there a shortage of water?

Artikel published in Forskning & Framsteg
22 November 2015
By Munyaradzi Makoni

Africa has a fast growing population of over a billion people, and the access of fresh drinking water is a growing challenge. In the tropical countries with much precipitation, river water is often used. In North Africa where the climate is dry, the groundwater plays a crucial part. But despite a healthy supply of groundwater, only a small part of what’s available is actually being used.

Forskning & Framsteg have spoken to the Ethiopian scientist Tamiru Abiya, who has monitored the water situation for almost 30 years and now works at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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Nigeria’s young, smart agripreneurs

Article published in Forskning & Framsteg
8 October 2015
By Jackie Opara

Nigeria. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Sixty percent are between 15 and 24 years old. In many African countries, the population increases more rapidly than in the rest of the world, which means an increased demand for food. Meanwhile, sixty percent of the world’s fertile but uncultivated land can be found in Africa.

This has meant that many African countries are trying to attrac young people to become “agripreneurs”, a merge of “agriculture” and “entrepreneur”. It refers to young people who love farming and approach it with a business mind.

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