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Egypt revives Western Desert agricultural project

Egypt has breathed new life into an old agricultural project in its Western Desert, hoping it will increase food production and reduce imports.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in front of a new canal.

CAIRO — Egypt is reawakening a decades-old agricultural project in its Western Desert as it endeavors to feed its growing population and bridge a wide gap between food production and consumption in it.

The Toshka project, Egypt's first serious attempt to invade its vast desert, was launched by late President Hosni Mubarak in 1997.

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