That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 7 Outline - Water and Food Supply

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

As the global population grows we need to find ways to make sure that we can grow enough food and supply people with clean and reliable supplies of water. In MEDCs this is rarely a major problem, but LEDCs can have big problems dealing with both food and water supplies.

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This is one of the areas of the course where the role of NGOs is particularly obvious. You need to know about organisations like WaterAidexternal link, Medecins sans Frontièresexternal link and Oxfamexternal link.

Make sure that you can deal with the issues of desertification. This is an example of how people can make the problems of poor food or water supply worse. Schemes like the development of bunds (lines of stones) can improve things, but the issue is also linked to over-population in places close to the Sahara Desert for example (e.g. Burkina Faso or Niger)

PDF IconDownload the Water and Food Supply Revision Sheet

KMZ IconDownload the Egypt Placemarks file for Google Earth. Read guidance on using Google Earth on the Google Earth Files page.