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Photo Essay: Egypt’s Urban Expansion

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| July 19 , 2015 , 16:22 IST
Children Playing On Family Farm In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85610" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Children play on their family’s farm, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Children still play among banana trees and fields as sheep graze nearby and palm trees rustle in the wind but such pastoral images are being pushed out by an unstoppable urban sprawl encroaching on the landscape.
A Young Shepherd In His Farm In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85611" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A young shepherd poses for a picture in his family’s farm, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Children still play among banana trees and fields as sheep graze nearby and palm trees rustle in the wind but such pastoral images are being pushed out by an unstoppable sprawl encroaching on the landscape.
 A Girl Picks Flowers From Her Farm In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85612" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A girl picks flowers from pasture plants on her family’s farm, as recently constructed houses are seen in the background, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. In the absence of government subsidies and modern machinery, impoverished farmers struggle to make ends meet and feel they have no choice but to build on their own land or sell it off, bit by bit.
A Farmer Carries Wheat Before Harvest In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85613" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer carries wheat before harvest on his farm in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Urban growth has become the chief threat to farmland as Egyptian farmers haphazardly and illegally build new houses to make room for the next generation.
A Farmer Leads His Cattle On His Home Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85614" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer leads his cattle on his way home, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Red-brick urban settlements are springing up everywhere in Egypt, snuffing out farmland to make way for the growing population in this country of about 90 million people.
Farmers Work On Watermelon Farm Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85615" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Farmers work on their watermelon farm in the early day’s fog, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Lush green farms once stretched all around the Nile River, the fertile dark soil a vital source of life since the Pharaonic times, when ancient Egyptians developed some of the first sophisticated farming methods in the region. ALSO READ: Urban Noise Can Cause Fatter Belly And Premature Ageing
Children's Shadow On Wall Of Their Home In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85616" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] The shadows of children are cast on the wall of their home in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt.
Farmers Harvest Wheat In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85617" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Farmers harvest wheat in their farm in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Most Egyptians have always lived in the fertile stretch along the Nile, which accounts for less than 10 percent of the country’s territory, and which is also the nation’s breadbasket.
Livestock Graze As Villagers Ride A Cart In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85618" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Livestock graze as villagers ride a cart on their way to their farm, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Most Egyptians have always lived in the fertile stretch along the Nile, which accounts for less than 10 percent of the country’s territory, and which is also the nation’s breadbasket.
Farmer Pauses While Collecting Wheat Seeds In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85619" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer pauses while collecting wheat seeds during harvest, in his farm in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Most Egyptians have always lived in the fertile stretch along the Nile, which accounts for less than 10 percent of the country’s territory, and which is also the nation’s breadbasket.
Agricultural Lands In Giza, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85620" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer rides his donkey cart through agricultural lands and recently constructed houses in Nahya, an agricultural neighborhood in Giza, Egypt. Urban growth has become the chief threat to farmland as Egyptian farmers haphazardly and illegally build new houses to make room for the next generation.
Young Shepherds Look After Their Sheep In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85621" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Young shepherds look after their sheep as they graze in a wheat farm, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. ALSO READ: Why Malnutrition Grows In Rising, Urban India
A House In Middle Of Agricultural Land In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85622" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A recently constructed house stands in the middle of agricultural land in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Red-brick urban settlements are springing up everywhere in Egypt, snuffing out farmland to make way for the growing population in this country of about 90 million people.
A Small Farmer Planting In His Farm In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85623" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A recently constructed house stands in the middle of agricultural land in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Red-brick urban settlements are springing up everywhere in Egypt, snuffing out farmland to make way for the growing population in this country of about 90 million people.
Motorcycle Ride Of Farmers In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85624" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Farmers ride a motorcycle past agricultural land and newly constructed buildings, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt.
A Farmer Transports Harvested Wheat In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85626" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer transports harvested wheat seeds on a horse cart, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Lush green farms once stretched all around the Nile River, the fertile dark soil a vital source of life since the Pharaonic times, when ancient Egyptians developed some of the first sophisticated farming methods in the region.
Farmer Leads Her Cow On Way To Farm In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85627" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer leads her cow on the way to her farm, engulfed by the early day’s fog, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Lush green farms once stretched all around the Nile River, the fertile dark soil a vital source of life since the Pharaonic times, when ancient Egyptians developed some of the first sophisticated farming methods in the region. ALSO READ: Maken Calls Referendum On Delhi Statehood ‘Unconstitutional’
Farmer Collects Wheat During Harvest In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85628" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A farmer collects wheat seeds during the harvest process, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Egypt’s expanding urban settlements are increasingly snuffing out fertile farmland along the Nile River to make way for the growing population in this country of 90 million people.
Contrast In Urban And Rural Life In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85629" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] Houses stand in close proximity to agricultural land, in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Building without permit on agricultural land is now a crime punishable by jail or fines but it hasn’t stopped. In the absence of government subsidies and modern machinery, impoverished farmers struggle to make ends meet and feel they have no choice but to build on their own land or sell it off, bit by bit.
Boy Plays With His Dog In Behira, Egypt
[caption id="attachment_85630" align="alignnone" width="700"] (Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] A boy plays with his dog in a village in the Nile Delta town of Behira, Egypt. Urban growth has become the chief threat to farmland as Egyptian farmers haphazardly and illegally build new houses to make room for the next generation.