Thirsty Plant Dries Out Yemen – NYTimes.com

 

 

via Thirsty Plant Dries Out Yemen – NYTimes.com.

Even as drought kills off Yemen’s crops, farmers in villages like this one are turning increasingly to a thirsty plant called qat, the leaves of which are chewed every day by most Yemeni men (and some women) for their mild narcotic effect. The farmers have little choice: qat is the only way to make a profit.

A growing population, along with illegal drilling and little conservation, is causing increasing concern in Yemen.  The water shortage has led to tribal fighting, and the government is struggling to find answers.

 

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