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New Partners on the Nile

  1. 1. New 'partners' on the Nile: you have access to my land&water if you provide me with your investment&political support Ana Elisa Cascão Hydro-Hegemony Workshop 5 London, 8-9 May 2010
  2. 2. My land & water... <ul><li>Saudi Star Plc (Saudi Arabia) </li></ul><ul><li>10,000ha (expected expansion) </li></ul><ul><li>Rice </li></ul><ul><li>60-year lease </li></ul><ul><li>Karuturi Global Ltd (India) </li></ul><ul><li>40,000ha (of a total of 300,000ha) </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar and rice </li></ul><ul><li>50-year lease </li></ul><ul><li>Land: 15 birr per hectare (approx. 73p) </li></ul><ul><li>Water: ??? </li></ul>GAMBELLA REGION, WESTERN ETHIOPIA
  3. 3. Your ‘investment’...
  4. 4. Why the Nile region? <ul><li>Fertile, cheap and ‘virgin’ land </li></ul><ul><li>Water availability </li></ul><ul><li>Offer: land+water+[labour] </li></ul><ul><li>Poorly developed agriculture (mainly irrigation) </li></ul><ul><li>Low agriculture investment </li></ul><ul><li>Demand: financial + technical capital </li></ul><ul><li>Big market of 140/300 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing political and economic stability </li></ul><ul><li>Huge potential for infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>Other resources (oil, minerals, etc) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trade-off... between equals? <ul><li>Asymmetric power relations... </li></ul>... but meanwhile Benefits
  6. 6. Your political support...
  7. 7. ... and its Impacts in the Nile hydropolitics
  8. 8. Thanks for your attention! [email_address]
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