Water, trees and green farmland are images of flourishing nature and life. The desert stands for the opposite – in absence of water and vegetation, it is a hostile environment for all forms of life. SEKEM acts in between these two polarities. Located in the desert, SEKEM reclaims desert land and turns it into vital living soil, as a basis for sustainable community development.
Official camaign start 05.03.2019
We invite you to become part of our project and to make the desert of Egypt a little greener
Pivot-irrigation System for the SEKEM Bahariya farm
In the past 40 years, SEKEM already turned 684 hectares of desert land into vital soil. In 2019 alone this number shall increase by 10%. And this is just the start! We are going to take the first step on our desert farm in Bahariya. We want to reclaim an area of 63 additional hectares in 2019 alone, in order to create an environment that suits our aim of sustainable community development.
On SEKEM’s main Farm a place like this has already been created. Now it is about the spirit of SEKEM taking roots in other places as well and to enable people to become part of a sustainable community and work together to build a worth living future in Egypt.
According to our vision goals for 2057 we rely on an innovative system that allows us to work as resource- and environmentally friendly as possible.
Wir wollen drei solarbetriebene Pivot-Bewässerungssysteme installieren.We want to instal 3 solar-powered Pivot-irrigation systems
A Pivot Irrigation System is able to water a maximum area with minimum input. Robustness, reliability, and maximum adaptability are the reason for Pivots to be considered as an irrigation-system of the future and thus makes them very suitable for working under such extreme conditions like in the Egyptian desert.
In our project we are going one step further and reduce our impact on the environment by using solar power to irrigate the reclaimed desert land.
The name “SEKEM” originates from an ancient egyptian hieroglyph and means “vitality of the sun”. Our goals for 2057 “100% Renewable Energy” and a “CO2 Positive Egypt” are closely related to this vital life force. By using solar energy, we can save up to 350 tons of CO2 per year compared to a generator solution. Furthermore, through building up healthy soil and planting of 10.000 trees we will sequester around 975 tons of CO2 per year in this project allone. Accordingly this project compensates the emissions of 426 Egyptian people.
One of Egypt’s greatest challenges now and in the future is to ensure a sufficient supply of water for its constantly growing population. All the more important, is the conscious usage of this precious resource.
Pivot Irrigation Systems need only a fraction of the water that is used for flood irrigation, which is the most commonly used irrigation technique in Egypt. It allows us to continuously adapt the irrigation to the current needs of the crops.
With Biodynamic farming methods, we build a healthy, humus-rich soil which increases the water storage capacity by around 20% compared to conventional farming methods.
SEKEM is aware of its role in the overall context of the Bahariya Oasis and strives to establish a community of interests that aims for a coordinated water intake from existing water resources.
✔️Creating sustainable communities
Due to the scarcity of water, fertile soil is one of the most important resources in Egypt. In the Nile Delta, agricultural production and housing for the growing population compete more and more for the scarce fertile soil. In addition, increasing air and water pollution in urban areas make it difficult to grow Organic food. Hence, expanding into the desert on the basis of sustainable agriculture is inevitable for the future of Egypt. SEKEM aims to create new living space that not only produces food, but furthermore creates an environment that encourages the settlement of sustainable communities where people can develop and are thereby able to contribute to their countries future.
Since 1977, SEKEM is turning desert land into fertile soil. In this time, we have learned a lot and are constantly optimizing our Biodynamic methods in order to create new living space in the most environment friendly and resource-efficient way possible.
In cooperation with our experts and scientists from Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, we will utilize this project to increase our knowledge and to conduct a long-term study on soil quality development. The results of this research shall not only be for our own use, but be shared with many other people who are engaged to agriculture in a hostile environment such as the desert.
If you have questions or suggestions feel free to contact us.