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Drought Hazard in Morocco
Will D. Swearingen
Vol. 82, No. 4 (Oct., 1992), pp. 401-412
Published by: American Geographical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215198
Page Count: 12
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Drought hazard has been increasing in Morocco during the present century, because of the extension of cultivation into marginal low-rainfall areas and because of reduction of fallow. These processes have been caused by the effects of European colonization, population pressure, scarcity of viable new cropland, and other factors. Loss of food security has further increased Moroccan vulnerability to drought. Twice during the 1980s, drought-related rioting demonstrated the strong links among drought, food security, and political stability.
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