By Karen Piper
“There’s funds in Thirst,” reads a headline within the New York Times. The CEO of Nestlé, purveyor of bottled water, heartily has the same opinion. it is very important supply water a industry worth, he says in a promotional video, so “we’re all acutely aware that it has a price.” yet in case you don't have any entry to wash water—a 5th of the world’s population—the expense is thirst. this can be the scary panorama that Karen Piper leads us via in The cost of Thirst—one the place thirst is political, drought is a enterprise chance, and progressively more of our most important traditional source is managed by means of multinational corporations.
In visits to the new spots of water shortage and the hotshots in water finance, Piper indicates us what occurs while worldwide companies with mafia-like powers purchase up the water provide and switch off the faucets of people that can't pay: border disputes among Iraq and Turkey, a “revolution of the thirsty” in Egypt, highway fights in Greece, an apartheid of water rights in South Africa. The fee of Thirst takes us to Chile, the 1st kingdom to denationalise 100% of its water provides, making a crushing monopoly rather than a thriving loose marketplace in water; to New Delhi, the place the sacred waters of the Ganges are being diverted to a personal water remedy plant, fomenting unrest; and to Iraq, the place the U.S.-mandated privatization of water assets destroyed by means of our army is additional destabilizing the risky quarter. And in our personal yard, the place those similar organizations are quietly paying for up water offers, Piper unearths how “water banking” is drying up California farms in desire of city sprawl and personal towns.
The made of seven years of research throughout six continents and a dozen international locations, and rankings of interviews with CEOs, activists, environmentalists, and weather swap experts, The rate of Thirst paints a harrowing photograph of an international out of stability, with the gap among the haves and have-nots of water inexorably widening and the arriving quandary relocating ever closer.
“A terrific book—full of dedication, deeply relocating, with tales of genuine humans suffering from company water grabs. I hugely suggest The expense of Thirst.” —Maude Barlow, chair of the board of foodstuff & Water Watch
“Will conflicts over water outline the twenty first century because the conflict to manage oil did the twentieth? Karen Piper offers us a vibrant, inside of view of the unusual international of the water privatizers and their neighbors on the earth financial institution. She additionally deals inspiring account in their competitors: the rising international circulation to make fresh water a common human right.” —Mike Davis, writer of Planet of Slums
“Piper’s ebook is a lively, proficient polemic opposed to the privatization of water.” —First Things
“Tack-sharp reportage. Piper’s file makes for apprehensive but informative reading.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Extra resources for The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos
Simel Esim (International Center for Research on Women), Lisa Garbus, Julian Lampietti, Andrew Mason, and Pierre Romand-Heuyer (World Bank), and Statistics Sweden are gratefully acknowledged. K. Department for International Development (DFID), and Norway, through the Poverty Monitoring and Analysis Trust Fund. The report benefited from the technical advice and guidance of Jack W. van Holst Pellekaan and Lionel Demery (World Bank), and from comments by Jane Hopkins, Anne Fleuret, and Hannah Baldwin (USAID), Andrew Norton (DFID), Lynn Brown, Alison Evans, Elizabeth Morris-Hughes, Paula Donnelly-Roark, Caroline Moser (World Bank), Lawrence Haddad and Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI), and Marc-André Fredette (CIDA).
C. Mark Blackden is senior operations officer and Chitra Bhanu is a consultant in the Poverty Reduction and Social Development Group of the World Bank's Africa Region. Mark Blackden and Chitra Bhanu]. ). Title. Series. 5'0967dc21 CIP Page iii Table of Contents Foreword v Abstract vi Acknowledgments vii Abbreviations and Acronyms viii Overview ix Chapter 1. Gender and Growth 1 I. Introduction 1 II. Determinants of Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa 1 III. Interdependence of the Market and Household Economies 2 IV.
Conclusions and Policy Implications 17 Chapter 2. Gender and Poverty 23 I. Introduction 23 II. Household Diversity 24 III. Asset Inequality 28 IV. Conclusions and Policy Implications 39 Chapter 3. Gender and Policy 43 I. Introduction 43 II. Synergy and Trade-offs 44 III. A Strategic Agenda 45 Bibliography 53 Annexes 63 Annex 1. Engendering Macroeconomic Policy in Budgets, Unpaid, and Informal Work 63 Annex 2. The Interface between Time Allocation and Agricultural Production in Zambia: A Case Study 69 Annex 3.
The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos by Karen Piper