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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thalif Deen, "Food, fuel, water crises converging," IPS, August 22, 2008.

...water and sanitation are not far behind the food, energy, and climate crises.

STOCKHOLM, Aug 22 (IPS) - A specter is haunting the cities and villages of most developing nations, warns a senior official of a World Bank-affiliated organization.

"It's the specter of a food, fuel and water crisis," says Lars Thunell, executive vice president of the Washington-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group.

"I believe we are at a tipping point," he said, because the scarcity of water poses a threat to the food supply just when the agricultural sector is stepping up production in response to riots over food prices, growing hunger, and rising malnutrition.

Speaking at the conclusion of the weeklong Stockholm International Water Conference Friday, Thunell said the growing demand for water is outpacing supply.

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