Agriculture and water resources crisis in Yemen: Need for sustainable agriculture

Almas, AAM and Scholz, M ORCID: 2006, 'Agriculture and water resources crisis in Yemen: Need for sustainable agriculture' , Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 28 (3) , pp. 55-75.

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Yemen's agriculture and water resources sectors are in a crisis. The water availability is 150 m3/cap/a. This compares with an average of 1250 m3/cap/a for the Middle East and North Africa. All surface water and groundwater resources are exploited beyond the level of recharge. The agriculture industry uses 93% of the potable water, and does not actively encourage sustainable water saving techniques. Qat (Catha edulis; recreational drug) cultivation uses 40% of the potable water. The water crisis could be mitigated by reducing qat production, and promoting water reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation. However, this is currently socially unacceptable.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1044-0046
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 12:49
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 06:05

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