What can be the consequences of climate change on food security? What about supply? And is privatisation a good avenue in securing water supply? These were some of the issues raised by Riad Sultan during his talk on “Water, Climate Change & Food Security in Sub Saharan Africa”.

The Senior Lecturer in Economics (environmental and natural resource) contends that for privatisation of the water sector to be a permanent move, there has to be substantial investment both in storage and treatment facilities.

His talk was held on Friday 15th July at the University of Mauritius, in the context of the ongoing Vice Chancellor’s African Studies Seminar series.

Plans to find a strategic partner for the Central Water Authority and to privatise the water supplier have provoked a heated debate. Numerous civil society organisations are increasingly mobilising against this move.