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New Partners on the Nile

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

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