A Short Synthesis on the Water Crisis in the Middle East

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Zhang 1 Zhang Mrs. Hodges AP Capstone Seminar 1, October, 2015 Pursuing Policy Change in the Middle East The four year drought and water shortages in California, resulting in the implementations of the first restrictions of water usage by Gov. Jerry Brown, brought many people’s attention onto the Global Water Crisis. However, the Global Water Crisis is not something that is easily solvable. Of the areas in the world that is hit the hardest due to the Water Crisis, the Middle East stands as the undisputed champion. According to the World Recourses Institute, fourteen of the thirty-three likely most water stricken countries in 2040 are in the Middle East. Thus, the question arises, should policies be implemented in order to solve the water crisis in the Middle East? Currently, the United Arab Emirates is actively pursuing a policy of water conservation through the use of education and technology. According to the New York Times, the policy of water conservation is a strategic change in order to boost the country’s food security. The U.A.E wishes to become less dependent on food imports and the policy to conserve water is supposedly
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Zhang 2 able to increase agricultural output. In tandem with the research done by the U.A.E, the International Food Policy Research Institution claims that food prices of cereals and other basic food commodities will increase by as much as 50 percent over the next few decades. The adverse of the studies would claim that the water crisis is directly impacting food production and the food security. The increase in food prices will result in the increased pressure of many low-incomed
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