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Land and Hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin : Challenges and New Investments (Hardcover)
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The Nile River Basin supports the livelihoods of millions of people in Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda, principally as water for agriculture and hydropower. The resource is the focus of much contested development, not only between upstream and downstream neighbours, but also from countries outside the region. This book investigates the water, land and energy nexus in the Nile basin.
It explains how the current surge in land investments, both by foreign actors as well as domestic investors, affects the hydropolitics in the region. It shows how the already strained transboundary relations in the region are being affected by investments in land for food, biofuel and cashcrops, through land "grabs" or acquisitions by countries in the Middle East, such as Jordan and the Gulf States, as well as by China. It assesses the emergence of outside actors (investors in the form of sovereign wealth funds, private corporations and national companies from outside of the region) and their effect in the basin. Overall, the book presents a range of perspectives, drawing on political science, international relations theory, sociology and political economy.