More than 230 million people live in 26 countries classified as "water deficient". The number of countries facing severe water shortages is likely to increase dramatically in the next decade.

India: a poplar plantation thrives on raw sewage water piped directly from nearby homes
FAO photo by I. de Borhegyi

More photos in this series:

  • China: farmer using a hand-operated pump to draw up water from canal
  • Yemen: with border irrigation, water is retained by small dirt dykes

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