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This film tells the story of oasis farmers who have moved to the Abu Minqar oasis, deep into the Sahara Desert, to create new livelihoods for themselves away from Egypt’s overcrowded Nile Valley. The film shows how farmers strive towards a more sustainable use of finite groundwater for farming Egypt’s Western Desert. The documentary is based on data generated throughout a three-year participatory research project the DDC conducted in Abu Minqar. An interdisciplinary, international team researched the community’s re... »»

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Welcome to TheWaterChannel, home to hundreds of videos and dossiers on key water themes! The latest dossier is ‘Water Stories from the Arab Region.’ Watch videos, webinars, news and blogs.... and share your own!

 

Climate Change: Solar Eclipse or God's Will?

How can the perceptions on climate change of people who are in fact so close, be so far apart? A lady thinks that climate change is the sun and moon coming together and creating darkness, while a fellow farmer points out the changes in temperature and rainfall.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primetime Farming in Turkey

There is more to Turkish television than its famous soap operas. Turkey now has 4 TV stations offering 24x7 programming on agriculture.

 





 




Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa

Ugandan Science Journalist William Odinga travels back to Otuke in Northern Uganda to find out what changes have occurred in the rural farming communities that struggle to subsist in variable climate where rainfall is unpredictable. 


Webinar: Rainfed Agriculture and Flood Based Farming

Flood Based Farming systems cover a wide array of resource systems that depend on temporarily floods in particular, such as spate irrigation and inundation canals. The aim of the Flood Wells project was to increase the productivity of the marginally used floodplains by introducing flood wells.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transboundary watermanagement in Southern Africa

The SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) has produced a series of videos zooming in on various river bases in the region and explaining how this transboundary nature is managed by different countries.















Land Grabs: The Global Rush for Farmland

An increase in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in agricultural lands is not a direct problem. It becomes one when, as a result, indigenous people have limited access to or are forced out of their lands. This feature presents five land grabbing stories from around the globe. 


The World is Thirsty because it is Hungry

How much water does it cost to make a t-shirt or a cup of coffee? The concept of the ecological footprint has become a well-known phenomenon, but the water footprint remains fairly unknown. Water scarcity grows immensely as a result of increasing food consumption. It takes one thousand times more water to feed the world than is necessary to still its thirst.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Call at the Oasis

The Saint Bishoy monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert thrives on a unique geological feature – a deep depression in the landscape bringing shallow groundwater close to the surface and feeding a series of lakes in the middle of the desert, the oases. However, today the monastery faces new mischief, namely accelerated pumping of the fossil (so non-renewable) aquifer that lies beneath.

 

 







 



Drops of Water, Grains of Sand

15 sand dams constructed in Northwestern Somaliland have made more than 1 million cubic metres of water available to over 6300 households.