20 Mar '17, 8am

Egypt: Ground Zero for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Egypt: Ground Zero for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Sunset along the Nile River in Beni Suef, Egypt. Not all of the Middle East is blessed (or cursed ) with rich reserves of hydrocarbons. Egypt is one example of the disparities in wealth and opportunity that are found between the Mediterranean shores and the Strait of Hormuz. The country hoped it could find some opportunity in the massive Zohr “supergiant ” gas field. But those revenues, coupled with Egypt’s notorious corruption , will hardly be enough to lift many of the country’s citizens out of poverty. In addition, Egypt’s already scarce resources face more strain as the country’s population has surged to over 90 million. The increase, by many accounts, came at a clip of 2 million a year, thanks in part to the country’s high birth rate — which ranges anywhere from 2.8 to 3.5 children per person, depending on the source cited. And analysts say Egypt’s population will con...

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