Water shortage Africa’s biggest challenge, says Mwai Kibaki
Former President Mwai Kibaki has said water scarcity is “perhaps the biggest challenge facing our continent today”, in his first major assignment as the water envoy in Africa. For a continent that is wealthy in natural resources, he said, Africa’s annual per capita water availability is well below that of other continents.
“Africa is host to 15 per cent of the world’s population. However, it has only nine per cent of freshwater resources. Moreover, Africa is the world’s second-driest continent after Australia,” he said Monday.
Mr Kibaki was addressing more than 1,000 delegates from Africa’s water ministries, development partners and water experts attending the sixth Africa Water Ministers Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.