Ismail – It`s very close, but still a long long way from Romania (EU!) to Ukraine (NOT EU!!!). Three days ago Johannes and I took an adventurous trip from Galati on the Romanian Danube to Ismail, a dreary port town on the Ukrainian part of the Danube, where the economy seems to have come to […]
“They don’t want to leave our lands which they use for cattle grazing”
“People critical of the Dam are harassed or even put into jail”
“Each nine months, Egypt has one million additional mouths to feed”
“I have lived through the wars with Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973; that was enough for me”
“Toshka is an engineers’ dream and an economists’ nightmare”
The Egyptian Nile delta is one of the most fertile areas in the world. Therefore it is no wonder that this region has been used for intensive farming for decades. Although the Nile delivers a constant flow of fresh water, farmers will have to improve the rate of efficiency of their irrigation.
Millions and millions of small farmers establish the backbone of Egypt`s farming sector. Only a few dozen of large agricultural companies produce on a professional level that is comparable to European standards. According to some people, the future of Egypt`s agriculture lies in the desert. Others disagree. All agree, though, on one aspect: water for agriculture is scarce. And it is getting scarcer.
Allright; I admit it: I`m putting this blog online back in Europe after returning from Ethiopia, since internet connections over there were terrible. Still, the country is developing itself really fast, largely unnoticed by western media.
Just a few more years, according to a recent Egyptian report, and then, in 2017, the demand for water will exceed the supply in Egypt. How to avoid such a situation?