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Posted On: 5 August 2013 02:41 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

E-book on food and water security challenges in Qatar

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An e-book investigating food and water security challenges faced by Qatar has been launched by students of Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, and their counterparts in Qatar. The five-chapter e-book explores how Qatar can become more self-sufficient and sustainable in sourcing food supplies for its growing population. The country currently imports over 90 per cent of its food. Water-intensive projects such as large-scale construction make Qatar among the largest consumers of water on the planet, according to a university report. Qatar possesses a fresh water supply that would last only 48 hours without desalination. Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q, said: “The critical questions about water security the young journalists raise and answer in this e-book is a testament to the power of collaboration and exchange between peers from vastly different backgrounds.” Eight graduate students from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois worked with five journalism students from NU-Q on the report. “The project in Qatar has served as an effective stepping stone for US students to understand the Middle East better,” said Andrew Mills, NU-Q Assistant Professor. Andrew Mills led the project with Richard Roth, Senior Associate Dean in Qatar and Professors Bill Handy and Phil Duff at the US campus Source:Qatar Chronicle