n Conflict Trends - Pillar of sand, Sandra Postel : book review

Volume 2000, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In her book Pillar of Sand, Sandra Postel's contribution is rather unique. She combines well- crafted language and solid primary material with deep insight, making the book easy to read. While her Malthusian- style may open her to criticism, she has worked skillfully. The central tenet is that current thinking behind irrigated agriculture is fundamentally flawed. This is significant because much of the current international water discourse is centered on expansion in the irrigation sector. In fact, many developed countries often consider this to be a fundamental component of their development strategy.

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