Egypt is planning to build a 114km artificial river to increase food security and boost its agricultural exports.
The aim of the scheme is to increase agricultural exports. These presently generate 15% of Egypt’s GDP.
Officials say New Delta will include other projects, such as “Egypt’s Future”, which aims to increase farmland in the country by 15%.
In late March, Ethiopia announced that work has almost been completed on the Grand Renaissance Dam, located on the Blue Nile, which supplied most of Egypt’s water.
Hani Sewilam, Egypt’s water minister, said the 6GW dam may reduce the downstream flow of the Nile by as much as 25%, putting at risk Egypt’s social and economic stability.