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Nearby access to safe water improves the quality of life for HIV-affected families

Photo: Tara Zolnikov 2012

Access to quality water improves physical, mental, and social outcomes for HIV-infected individuals and HIV-affected families.  

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Households’ motivations for investing in multiple-use water services in rural Burkina Faso

In rural Burkina Faso, demand is high for wells that provide sufficient water for domestic and productive purposes. With assistance from Winrock International, well owners are investing in upgrades that will improve the quality, reliability, and quantity of their water supply. Through their investigation of the drivers that motivate households to invest, JHU researchers uncovered the unexpected role that women’s entrepreneurship plays in spurring demand for enhanced wells.

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Using the water footprint as a tool for sustainable appropriation of freshwater resources

Local production and consumption has global impact on freshwater resources. The water footprint is a powerful tool to evaluate the sustainability of production and consumption and to identify response strategies.

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GDP Fetish, Irrigation Decline and Precarious Food Security in Contemporary China

China's irrigation system has deteriorated gradually in the past three decades, plagued by a growing number of malfunctioning facilities and worsening water problems in rural areas. This article argues that the decline of irrigation in China is mainly derived from its marginal position in the Chinese economy, which has been oriented towards pursuing rapid GDP growth over the last three decades at the expense of irrigation and agriculture. 

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Climate and Water Resilience in the Upper Blue Nile / Abay Highlands

When it comes to research in Africa, people often think of studies performed by Western scientists, primarily for a Western audience. But this situation has changed in important ways.

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Accelerating sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor

The JHU Global Water Program organized a conference in Bellagio, Italy, on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation from August 29 to September 1, 2011.  By convening leading experts in water and related fields, this conference identified opportunities for accelerating, sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor.

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Notes from the field

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Towards a More Sustainable Agriculture: Challenges from Chicken Farms on the Maryland Eastern Shore

One of the most intensive poultry production areas in the U.S., the Maryland Eastern Shore, generates more than just poultry. Animal waste from concentrated animal feeding operations in this area causes significant environmental contamination and poses a public health risk.

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Challenges Beyond Engineering: Lessons from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Environmental Engineering student Stefanie Falconi shares her experiences working with JHU Engineers Without Borders, in South Africa.

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Climate Change and Food Security

Climate change, water resources, and food security are inherently connected. There is a growing concern that future changes in water availability will lead to dramatic changes in food production, imposing significant health, economic, and security burdens on both the developed and developing world. To better understand future food security we have begun working on a three-part approach based on a systematic analysis of the factors that influence it.

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Water challenges and solutions

Imperatives for Urban Water Professionals on the Pathway to 2050

Adapting to rapidly changing conditions on a crowded planet. Looking forward to 2050, the challenges of adding 2 billion more people to an already resource-constrained planet will require major changes in the resources efficiency, energy efficiency and cost of urban water systems of the future. A step change including the integration of city planning and urban water system design will be required to optimize the efficiency and resilience of urban water systems in addition to the development of physical and institutional linkages between agricultural, energy and urban water uses.

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