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Advising Morocco: adopting recommendations of a water footprint assessment would increase risk and impair food security for the country and its farmers
- Wichelns, Dennis
- Water international 2018 v.43 no.6 pp. 762-784
- economic development, farmers, food security, issues and policy, livelihood, natural resources, risk, water footprint, Morocco
- A water footprint assessment is not an appropriate guide for allocating water efficiently in water-scarce regions such as Morocco. Water footprints contain too little information to identify policies or investments that will achieve public goals regarding agriculture, natural resources and livelihoods. In fact, they would impair efforts to enhance food security and sustain economic growth. The better way forward for Morocco and other countries is to analyze the full range of economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to water use in agriculture and other sectors.