China investing billions to manage drought

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

China, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is investing US$1 billion drilling for water to curtail the effects of a longstanding drought and avoid a global grain crisis, the BBC reports.

With wheat farmers in the dry north struggling to produce sufficient yields, a billion dollar construction project is also underway to channel water from the Yellow River in the south to the wheat farming region in the north.

Extra pressure on water supply is also coming from the population-dense cities growing at an exponential rate: 200 million people currently drawing on a limited resource. How long will it last?

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