Demand for water is escalating, contributing to intensified competition among users.
In many areas, giving water to one user means denying it to another.

China: farmer using a hand-operated pump to draw up water from canal
FAO photo by F. Botts

More photos in this series:

  • India: a poplar plantation thrives on raw sewage water piped directly from nearby homes
  • Yemen: with border irrigation, water is retained by small dirt dykes

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