President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi asked the prime minister and the minister of agriculture to expand the scope of a water and agricultural project well into the Western Desert in cooperation with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The high demand of fresh water is another major challenge faces all countries, Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation said.
With MENA region facing pressing development challenges, water crises& energy shortages, Revolve Water is taking its annual AMWAJ summit to Barcelona in October
A total of 200,000 Egyptian farmers are prone to lose their livelihood as a result of water shortage.
The government is trying to fill the gap between water resources and consumption through working on several mitigation projects that aim at recycling and treating 25 percent of consumed water.
It is expected that Egypt will produce about 3.3 million tons this year, while the Egyptians’ annual consumption of rice is estimated at 4.3 million tons.
Eight emergency centers nationwide, equipped with mobile electric and diesel pumps' units, are ready to face water shortage emergency, official said.