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Water-food and conflict nexus

Data scarcity limits understanding of hydroclimatic drivers of food and urban security

Although more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, there is a dire lack of data on trade, cost, and origin of the food that the urban dwellers rely on. Understanding the impact of escalating water-food systems variability on urban quality of life is critical for designing data systems needed to implement appropriate policies and state-supported interventions in urban areas.

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Brown, M.E., Grace, K.L. Data scarcity limits understanding of hydroclimatic drivers of food and urban security. Nat Water 1, 315–316 (2023).

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