The Volta River Basin: Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment

1st Edition

Timothy O. Williams, Marloes Mul, Charles A. Biney, Vladimir Smakhtin

Routledge
Published August 30, 2016
Reference - 282 Pages - 117 Color & 55 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138900240 - CAT# Y185199
Series: Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World

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Summary

The Volta River Basin (VRB) is an important transboundary basin in West Africa that covers approximately 410,000 square kilometres across six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. Its natural resources sustain the livelihoods of its population and contribute to economic development. This book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary review and assessment of the issues and challenges faced.

The authors provide a science-based assessment of current and future scenarios of water availability, the demands of key sectors, including agriculture and hydropower, and the environment under changing demographic, economic, social and climatic conditions. They also identify solutions and strategies that will allow available water resources to be sustainably used to improve agricultural productivity, food security and economic growth in the VRB. Overall, the work examines from a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective the solutions and strategies to improve the use of water and other natural resources in the VRB to achieve enhanced food security, livelihoods and economic growth.

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