Finding the Source: Exploring the Population/Water Resources Nexus in the Developing World

By
Anthony Turton and Jeroen F. Warner

Any discussion on the population/water resources nexus in the developing world tends to be clouded by preconceived notions. The very concept of “population growth” is invariably constructed so as to be linked with value-laden notions like the “population time-bomb” and “population explosion,” which are, in turn, closely associated with Malthusian catastrophe and social decay. This article explores the population/water resources nexus by using empirical examples from Africa in order to isolate some of the strategically important issues that policymakers should recognize.

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