YEARS OF IMAGING AFRICA
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In arid and semi-arid areas, 300
million people face frequent water shortages, causing health
problems and hampering economic development.
© 2005-2008 Portrait
of the Earth
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
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
Despite many efforts to fight difficult
conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, 200 million people still
suffer from malnutrition.
Drylands unsuitable for sustainable
agriculture cover 42% of Africa. In addition, desertification
threatens another 15% of the continent.