Fields of the Gezira Scheme in Al Jazirah, Sudan15.5N 32.5E
The thumbnail image focuses on the Gezira Scheme, an irrigated agricultural project between the Blue and While Nile Rivers. In the full image, a larger section of the rivers’ courses can be observed as well.
The Gezira Scheme is one of the largest irrigation projects in the world. It is centered on the Sudanese state of Al Jazirah, just southeast of the confluence of the Blue and White Nile. The Gezira (which means “island”) is particularly suited to irrigation because the soil slopes away from the Blue Nile and water therefore naturally runs through the irrigation canals by gravity.