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Africa

Rainfall is not a strong motivator of violence, but higher temperatures are.

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The amount of food in storage around the world is on the rise, but stocks are still historically low.

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A South American drought keeps global grain reserves tight, but it could mean good things for North American corn producers.

Water scarcity and extreme weather are two reasons that food prices will stay high, however.

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Despite early-warning systems, the world lacks urgency in heading off slow-moving disasters.

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Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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Women and children displaced by recent fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops fight to get water at a water point run by UNICEF  in Tong Ping camp that is is now home to over 20,000 people in Juba, South Sudan Sunday, March 23, 2014. With more than 375,000 South Sudanese children displaced, UNICEF is continuing to focus on the delivery of life-saving interventions - in nutrition, water, sanitation, and vaccination ? and is investing in providing support for separated chidlren, access to education and a protective environment for all children.(Kate Holt Photo/Kate Holt)

The start of the rainy season adds logistical hurdles to the humanitarian response and increases fears of disease outbreaks.

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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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Though three more ratifications are needed before the UN Watercourses Convention has the force of international law, advocates assert that four countries are close: Ireland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

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The dust of Egypt’s leadership transition has barely begun to settle, and already the new government is working to forestall any loss in supply or access to the Nile’s waters. Meanwhile, Ethiopia continues upstream with one of the largest hydropower projects in the world.

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infographic: Wealth of the Nile

Controversy over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will become the largest dam in Africa when it is completed in 2017, stems from a long history of disputes along the Nile River’s 10 countries.

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Photographer Norbert Schiller on the Nile River Basin

In reporting on the Nile River Basin, Circle of Blue spoke with Norbert Schiller, a journalist and photographer with more than 25 years of experience covering the Middle East and Africa. He is currently a columnist for Mint Press News.

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Growing agricultural sectors pose problems for water management and ecosystems.

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It’s not about access, it’s about whether water flows.

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Kenya M-PESA

Five percent of mobile phones in Kenya have been deactivated this month, but what might it mean for water users and water providers who are connected by cellular technology and economic infrastructure?

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Food Shortages Loom Again in Somalia, But Refugees Can’t Escape Water Crisis

Poor rains have led to crop failures in Somalia, and the threat of food price increases could push parts of the country back into famine. Meanwhile, there is little relief for those who fled to neighboring Kenya, as the refugee camps there are facing water shortages.

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Land Grabs, Agriculture, Agriculture as an Investment, Farmland Investment

GRAIN’s online database is the foundation for much of what the world knows about foreign investments in land. Though the majority of “land grabs” are for agribusiness, other sectors include construction, finance, industry, real estate, and more.

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Water supplies remain key to the global boom in gold mining, driven by high demand and near-record prices.

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Although a repeat famine is unlikely, the situation in East Africa remains dire despite recent rains.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a little outside-the-box thinking to make a difference, as Ned Breslin describes of a recent trip to Rwanda’s capitol.

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Chicago Spearheads $7 Billion Plan to Fix Its Crumbling Infrastructure

From expanding its largest airport to replacing century-old water pipes, Chicago introduces an ambitious construction plan that will be partly financed with public-private partnerships.

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