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Water Challenge - a blog by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe


I hope this blog will create discussion about the important issue of water use and availability around the world.

Your comments and views are very important and I encourage you to help me build and develop the conversation.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Chairman Nestlé SA

India's food insecurity compounded by water scarcity – guest post by Siddharth Chatterjee

Siddharth Chatterjee

Following up on a very substantial comment in reaction to a post on my LinkedIn page, I asked Siddharth Chatterjee for permission to re-post an article he had published on 16 October 2012 in AlertNet of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Here is his text, re-posted with his agreement.

Siddharth Chatterjee is the Chief Diplomat at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and has also worked in the UN, UNICEF and UNOPS. He underlines that these are his personal views and do not reflect those of his employer, the IFRC. The author can be reached at and his Twitter handle is @Sidchat1.
I also very much welcome your comments here on the blog.

We should not look to biofuels if we want to tackle climate change

Are biofuels doing more harm than good? It is a question that stays on the agenda, and I ask my readers to provide their views and facts. This week’s discussions at Doha remind us that tackling climate change can be as complex as it is important.

One such complexity relates to the unintended, negative consequences of well-intended solutions such as biofuels - one of the most divisive and controversial environmental policies.

This is a subject that I have written about several times before on this blog and one that I will be debating next week at the European Parliament during a high level discussion organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.