Irrigated Circular Fields in Egypt’s Western Desert22.5N 28.6E
In the spring of 1978 the Egyptian President announced the beginning of his country’s Green Revolution. This term covers the plan to convert some 1.25 million ha of desert into farmland, which implies a 44% extension of the present agricultural land in Egypt. Most of the land to be reclaimed, approximately 850 000 ha is located in the western oasis region.
The New Valley Project is part of this Green Revolution. The project includes the building of system of canals to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate Egypt’s Western Desert, part of the Sahara.
This is being done in order to create a valley other than the Nile in which to develop agricultural and industrial communities. Here, irrigated circular fields are visible near Egypt’s border with Sudan.