Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Experts Warn of Food Crisis

From The East African Standard, Kenya
By Harold Ayodo, Nairobi

Scientists have warned of a food shortage and increased poverty due to continuous environmental degradation.

The experts from East Africa, at a regional seminar in Mwanza, Tanzania, said that massive dilapidation of the environment could increase poverty to more than 65 per cent.

They said degradation of nature had led to the increase of water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid among riparian communities (living along or near river banks).

Experts who presented research papers at the workshop said massive land erosion is another threat to food security.

Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Dr James Msekela, said illegal human activities are a threat to natural resources.

"People bathe in rivers and use excess fertilisers that flow into Lake Victoria. Resource depletion by illegal logging is increasing poverty and disease," Msekela said.

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