10 years SPOT VEGETATION
  Africa
  Water stress
  Population boom
  The uprooted legions
  Food security
  Desertification
  Asia
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10 YEARS OF IMAGING AFRICA

SPOT VEGETATION


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Water stress
In arid and semi-arid areas, 300 million people face frequent water shortages, causing health problems and hampering economic development.

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Population Boom
The annual demographic growth in Africa - twice as high as the world average - goes hand in hand with an explosive urbanization and poor living conditions.

Cairo's expansion seen by Landsat and MODIS. Source: USGS EROS


The Uprooted Legions
In addition to the more than 8 million people who are running from political turmoil, ethnic strife and war, many more Africans are ecological refugees.

Darfur refugee camp in Chad. Source: ©Mark Knobil, Wikimedia Commons

Food Security
Despite many efforts to fight difficult conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, 200 million people still suffer from malnutrition.

©Ray Witlin/World Bank

The Encroaching Desert
Drylands unsuitable for sustainable agriculture cover 42% of Africa. In addition, desertification threatens another 15% of the continent.

Source: www.mauritania-jp.com