There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.
A small island state with limited rainfall and a dry tropical climate, Cabo Verde is familiar with water resource constraints. Climate models predict increasing aridity, shifting rainfall patterns and temperature increases.
Less than one percent of rural communes in Mali have electricity. But in Sirakorola, the administrative centre of a commune located 120 kilometers outside the capital city of Bamako, solar power is synonymous with economic boom.