n African Security Review - Human-centred environmental security in Africa - : commentary

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... COMMENTARY HUMAN-CENTRED ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY IN AFRICA The people of Africa entered the 21st century facing a security and development crisis of immense proportions. It is the continent hardest hit by growing poverty and inequity: average life expectancy has declined from 50 years to 46 since 1990, and in most of sub-Saharan Africa one in 10 children dies before it reaches age five. Africans are threatened by their lack of access to resources and the growing pressure on the natural resource base. The loss of arable land, water scarcity, over-fishing, deforestation and loss of biodiversity presents enormous challenges for sustainable development. ..

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