Enabling water security in scarcity: The African conundrum

Jul 14, 2022 | Africa, Announcements, Countries, Home Page, Markets, Sectors, Snippets, Water

ABiQ data shows that the African continent will face significant water shortages by 2030. Africa’s population is set to increase by 25% over the next few years, growing from 1.340 billion in 2020 to 1.617 billion in 2030.

ABiQ data shows that the African continent will face significant water shortages by 2030. Africa’s population is set to increase by 25% over the next few years, growing from 1.340 billion in 2020 to 1.617 billion in 2030. Investing in water management projects will provide many benefits throughout the continent, from job creation to food security and other environmental benefits. 

ABiQ outlines water scarcity in Africa, and how to work towards ensuring water security for all. 

What is water scarcity?

Water scarcity is a term used to describe the growing lack of access to water resources. Two types of water scarcity exist: physical and economic. Africa, unfortunately, battles with both.

  • Physical water scarcity: This occurs largely as a result of climate change, including droughts and irregular weather patterns.
  • Economic water scarcity: This refers to the inaccessibility of water resources as a result of poor governance. This includes lack of planning, infrastructure investment by governments.

How is water scarcity affecting Africa?

Water resources are drying up in Africa, not only putting ecosystems in danger, but also the lives of millions of people. Data shows that the continent will likely face significant water shortages by 2030. Various things, including population growth and climate change have and will continue to contribute to the scarcity of water resources. Africa’s population is set to increase by 25% over the next few years, growing from 1.340 billion in 2020 to 1.617 billion by 2030.

Improving water management solutions

Improving water management solutions will be incredibly expensive. Africa is in desperate need of safe drinking water and sanitation. Africa needs to heavily invest in water management systems that are not only better for the environment, but also affordable. Investing in water management projects will provide many benefits throughout the continent. From job creation, to food security and other environmental benefits.

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