Thursday, January 14, 2016

Farming the Desert

This week we take a look at the efforts in Egypt to increase agriculture productivity to feed a growing country, continent, and world. There are many challenges facing farmers and the linked article gives some insight into what is happening in Egypt. Read the linked article and use the discussion points below to guide your conversations.

Farming the Sahara

Discussion Points

  • While the market in El Obour is buzzing with activity and goods why is Egypt facing a domestic food shortage?
  • What is the government doing to address this crisis?
  • Why are some concerned that the current plan from President Abdel and the government will fail?
  • Explain the issues around water availability in Egypt.
  • When Egypt does produce Ag products they often end up in the European Union. Why is this the case? What are the impacts of this?
  • Create a list of challenges that are facing agriculture in Egypt.
    • How can these challenges be overcome?
    • Which do you feel is the biggest challenge facing agriculture in Egypt?
    • Do you believe that Egypt will overcome these challenges and find success? Justify your response.

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