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Water, Food and Poverty in River Basins: Defining the Limits

Edited By: Myles J Fisher and Simon E Cook

448 pages, 50 colour illustrations, 50 black & white tables


Hardback | Oct 2011 | #192410 | ISBN-13: 9780415592079
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This book was published as a special issue of Water International.


Acknowledgements Preface by Asit K. Biswas Part 1 -- The Basin Focal Projects 1. Introduction to Part One 2. The Andes basins: biophysical and developmental diversity in a climate of change 3. The Indus and the Ganges: river basins under extreme pressure 4. The Karkheh River basin: the food basket of Iran under pressure 5. Vulnerable populations, unreliable water and low water productivity: a role for institutions in the Limpopo Basin 6. The Mekong: a diverse basin facing the tensions of development 7. Water, agriculture and poverty in the Niger River basin 8. The Nile Basin: tapping the unmet agricultural potential of Nile waters 9. Farming systems and food production in the Volta Basin 10. Yellow River basin: living with scarcity Part 2 -- Cross-basin analysis and synthesis 11. Water, food and poverty: global- and basin-scale analysis 12. Water availability and use across the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) basins 13. Producing more food with less water in a changing world: assessment of water productivity in 10 major river basins 14. The resilience of big river basins 15. The nature and impact of climate change in the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) basins 16. Connections between poverty, water and agriculture: evidence from 10 river basins 17. Institutions and organizations: The key to sustainable management of resources in river basins 18. Conclusions

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Myles Fisher is an Emeritus Scientist at the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical CIAT in Cali, Colombia. He worked in the agronomy and physiology of tropical pastures in the Northern Territory of Australia and southeast Queensland with CSIRO and in Colombia at CIAT. He was Lead Scientist for the CGIAR InterCenter Working Group on Climate Change. He consults with CIAT on simulation modeling, soil carbon dynamics and climate change, and to the UNDP on the preservation of Tajikistan's (Central Asia) agrobiodiversity in the face of climate change. Simon Cook leads research to support the sustainable development of food and water resources in tropical and temperate regions. Lately he was the leading head of a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research project on river basins in the tropics and subtropics to support poverty alleviation through the development of water and food systems. He has over 20 years research and specialist technical expertise in the use of spatial information at local to global scales, and has extensive experience with agricultural systems in Australia, Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa and the UK.

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