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Common wealth from healthy rivers
Providing food

Food: Biological productivity and the provision of food are maintained by an intact river system. Intensive agricultural production often relies on extensive networks of irrigation, bringing water to crops that otherwise couldn't grow in those locations. It takes at least 1000 tons of water to produce one ton of grain, thus populated regions of the world with water shortages-North Africa and the Middle East-were also the fastest growing grain import markets in the 1990s (FAO, 1979). The world's food supplies hinge on adequate and available freshwater.

Commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, as well as individual anglers, are sustained by productive fisheries, which are in turn sustained by healthy river systems.

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Fishing: A big part of local life
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