Background

     With a population projected to reach 100 million by the year 2025, agriculture will continue to be the key sector of development in Egypt . However, the priorities are changing to activate Egyptian rich social assests and improve farm income and employment opportunities in rural areas through diversification with expanded production of raw materials for domestic and export oriented agro-industry. However, water and agricultural land are becoming short especially in the heavily populated regions. Hereby, Egypt adopted policies for reusing the water in agriculture. One of these policies, is that water harvesting can be considered as a rudimentary form of irrigation. This policy is considered as secure long-term economic and equity goals for national development. Focus is on regional development and social aspects towards a more sustainable agricultural development. Also, land use planning and management is the associated policy with watershed utilization, however this policy means the systematic assessment of physical, social and economic factors in such a way as to encourage and assist land users selecting options that increase their productivity, are sustainable and meet the needs of society. The relationship between soil and water are crucial for on-farm water management practices since soil characteristics such as texture, structure, salt contents, infiltration and the water holding capacity are affecting the selection of the appropriate irrigation methods and systems. Unfortunately there is a lack of highly qualified specialists with up-to-date knowledge in integrated watershed and landuse management who can solve complex agricultural engineering tasks through interdisciplinary (equaly to treat natural and technical orineted aspects) and holistic (environmental sound) approach in Egypt.

   

 

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Consortium Team
Grant holder:
- Debrecen University (DU)
Egyptian coordinator :
- Ain Shams University (ASU)
European partners:
- Ghent University (GU)
- Research Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry (RISSAC)
Egyptian partner:
- Mansoura University (MU)
 
Site News
arrow Deans of MU, ASU as well as the project coordinators and their colleagues from the beneficiary universities visited DU and RISSAC of HAS, HU from 5th. till 12th.April, 2009.
arrow Prof. Janos Tamas; the Grant Holder; of DU and his colleagues from Hungary and Ghent University, Belgium visited Egypt from 23rd. till 1st. February, 2009
arrow Prof. Dr.Georges Hofman , Ghent University (Belgium) Project Euro Partner visited Egypt from 23rd. November to 29th. November,2008.
arrow Assoc. Prof. Dr. Laszlo Marton, RISSAC-HU, Project Euro Partner visited Egypt from 29th. October to 5th. November, 2008.
arrow Tempus project secretary: Dr. Jozsef Zsembeli visited Egypt from 22nd. to 26th. of August,2008

 

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