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Helen Lackner

Helen Lackner is a visiting fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and a research associate at SOAS.  Her most recent book is Yemen in Crisis: the road to war (Verso 2019). She regularly contributes to Open Democracy, Arab Digest, Oxford Analytica, Orient XXI, among others. She lived in Yemen for more than 15 years in the past half century. Yemen’s environmental issues, particularly climate change and water are among her main interests.

Helen's latest contributions

Solar-Powered Irrigation in Yemen: Opportunities, Challenges and Policies

April 29, 2021
Yemen is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, with renewable water resources currently capable of providing only 75 m3 per capita per year – well below the water scarcity threshold. And this volume is steadily dropping. The agricultural sector in Yemen is the dominant user of groundwater resources, accounting for around 90 percent…