n Africa Insight - Exploring the political economy of water and food security nexus in BRICS

Volume 48 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Access to water and food remains critical to the survival and stability of any nation. Insecurity of food and unequal distribution of water rights are active drivers of instability and violent conflicts. These crises are no less evident in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Studies addressing the crises in BRICS are localised, making the articulation of water and food policy for BRICS as a body a necessity. This paper therefore undertakes a review of the political economy of the water and food security nexus in BRICS. In doing so, the paper identifies areas of cooperation and collaboration, such as virtual water importation and reduction of the water footprint, among BRICS. The paper also offers policy options in the context of the BRICS long-term strategy.

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