Climate change is affecting Egyptian fruit production
- Tue, 28 November 2023
This summer in Egypt, extreme heat prompted the managers of a 40-hectare orchard in the Nile Delta to take extraordinary measures, such as wrapping each mango with paper and applying kaolin clay to oranges as a protective shield against the scorching temperatures. This summer has been declared the hottest on record, with temperatures in mid-November still surpassing 30ºC, almost 10ºC higher than the historical norm for this time of year.
Climate change-induced rising sea levels are not only causing erosion along Egypt's Mediterranean coastline but are also rapidly salinating the fertile farmlands in the crucial Nile Delta, a region vital for the nation's agriculture. Simultaneously, prolonged and hotter summers are increasing costs and reducing yields for farmers, creating a ripple effect on consumers already grappling with soaring inflation amid economic challenges.