Wetlands can play a critical role in helping achieve food security by providing reliable crop production. Sometimes this is wet season production, but often it is supplementary dry season production which helps address “hungry” season food shortages. Wetlands are also critical sources of good quality water, from springs and shallow wells, that are essential for healthy living. By providing improved food security and safe water, as well as vitamins through the vegetables grown in them, wetlands can play an important role in improving the welfare of those suffering from malnourishment and diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
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