Thirsty Plant Dries Out Yemen

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Vendeur de Qat au Yemen © AFP PHOTO/KHALED FAZAA

More than half of this country’s scarce water is used to feed an addiction.

ven as drought kills off Yemen’s crops, farmers in villages like this one are turning increasingly to a thirsty plant called qat, the leaves of which are chewed every day by most Yemeni men (and some women) for their mild narcotic effect. The farmers have little choice: qat is the only way to make a profit.

New York Times

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