Photo of the Week: Water Issues Are Integral to U.S. Foreign Policy Goals

Posted by Luke Forgerson
March 24, 2012
Turkana Women Build Trapezoidal Bund To Collect Rainwater

Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Elizabeth Petrovski at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy. Elizabeth recently had the opportunity to visit Kenya, where she observed projects run by the World Food Program (WFP) and its cooperating partner, the Kenya Child Fund, in the northeastern district of Turkana. In the photograph, Turkana women sing and dance as they build a trapezoidal bund, an instrument along with water pans that Kenyan herders and farmers use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts.

Water issues are integral to many U.S. foreign policy goals, from advancing food security to empowering women and girls. In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the U.S. Water Partnership, a U.S.-based public-private partnership (PPP) established to unite expertise, knowledge, and resources, and mobilize those assets to address water challenges around the globe. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton said:

"...When nearly 2 million people die each year from preventable waterborne disease, clean water is critical if we're going to be talking about achieving our global health goals. Something as simple as better access to water and sanitation can improve the quality of life and reduce the disease burden for billions of people. When women and girls don't have to spend 200 million hours a day...seeking water, maybe they can go to school, maybe they can have more opportunities to help bring income in to the family. Reliable access to water is essential for feeding the hungry, running the industries that promote jobs, generating the energy that fuels national growth, and certainly, it is central when we think about how climate change will affect future generations.

"Now, we are pursuing this not only because we care about it around the world; we care about it here at home. We've had increasing problems meeting our own needs in the Desert Southwest or managing floods in the East. No country anywhere, no matter how developed, is immune to [these] challenges."

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with partnering U.S. governmental agencies, has made water issues a foreign policy priority. You can learn more here.



Keiko P.
West Virginia, USA
March 26, 2012

Keiko P. in West Virginia writes:

We all deserve to drink clean water. We should help all drink clean water. If we could. "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward" Matthew10:42

March 28, 2012

Mikhail Z. in Russia writes:

The first "NGO" established in Saudi Arabia last year by the Kings family - Western Studies Institute - is registered in the USA as US NGO and have support of US law and USDID funds to promote the most agressive ideology and secret structures banned in Europe. My congratulations!

Seymour P.
United States
March 28, 2012

Portia S. in the U.S.A. writes:

Why doesn't the State Department support the obvious solution, major water diversion projects like TransAqua or the Jonglei Canal?

South Korea
April 11, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Jim Yong Kim when the World Bank president, I do I get a loan?

Plantation agriculture in underdeveloped countries can go and how made?

As a personal favor to me, but, Please think about it when the depth.

World Bank's new president to start work At this point, among other problems, food and resources for the monopolies are likely to worsen the problem would be the time to think. In particular, a lot of our food problem will haunt you think. Although the price of oil also works,

Rather the opposite, if I support him?, I would wonder is what are going to get.

Food and water, adequate support to create a way to think.

And, MB from wondering what is between.

Me that he drove out of the underdeveloped countries to help in the large-scale, hopefully, at least as mind, thought I'd support him to.

Now, if you think the re-election, again, consider a policy on food issues think.

I do not know him, for assistance?


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