Going Green

Egypt looks to avert water crisis driven by demand, waste


“For a thousand years,” Abdullah Sheikh’s family has been working the land the same way — flooding fields in Egypt’s Nile Delta and planting seeds by hand.

But now a small, relatively cheap plow has changed all that, allowing him to nearly double the yields of his two acres of wheat, arranging it in neat, raised beds with smaller furrows that require a third less water. “It saves us much labor, seeds and effort,” Sheikh said, calling it a “blessing” for his family, eight of whom help work the plot.

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