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n African Renaissance - Exploring issues of water, food and infrastructural violence for the emergence of best practices in sub-Saharan African waterscapes and foodscapes

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305
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Abstract

Water occupies over seventy percentage of the earth, yet over 2.5 billion people do not have access to potable water. Over one third of all food produced globally ends up rotting in the bins, but more than 1 billion people go hungry every day. These grim statistics aptly demonstrate the paradoxical waterscapes and foodscapes across the globe. The persistent of such paradoxes in contexts, like sub-Saharan Africa, where intervention programmes have been implemented calls for critical scientific inquiries. This article, therefore, explores sub-Saharan African contradictory waterscapes and foodscapes, paying attention to theoretical debates, contexts, challenges and practices associated with water and food in the region. The article argues that the paradoxical waterscapes and foodscapes are a product of infrastructural violence. Hence, best practices would emerge with the entrenchment of models that eliminate infrastructural violence such as exclusion, disconnection and abdication of responsibilities in various waterscapes and foodscapes in the region.

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2020-09-28

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