PREVIEW ABOUT THE CENTER
is currently facing a
number of problems that hinder its economic and social development. The
major problem is the rapid population increase that outpaces growth
rates attempted under various development plans and efforts. The
concentration of an overall population which is estimated today at over
66 million, in the narrow strip of the Nile valley the Delta makes Egypt
one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Coupled with this
is the considerably limited size of the cultivated land in Egypt.
Rapid urbanization and Desertification have together eroded the size of
the agricultural land in Egypt, for which efforts of land reclamation
can only marginally compensate.
programs to safeguard the environment are compatible with the boarder
national objective of achieving better standards of living for present
and future generations, and represent an investment in human capital
that offsets government expenditures on treatment of illnesses caused by
a polluted surrounding environment.
this context, there is a pressing need to identify
the factors that adversely affect Social and Industrial agricultural
development in Egypt. Efforts
and resources should
be directed towards implementing comprehensive and sustainable
development projects in the desert regions and border governorates,
given their potential for land reclamation and absorbing increasingly
the importance of agriculture as a prime factor reinforcing the settling
and establishment of communities and generating employment opportunities
to meet population increase cannot be overlooked. As such agricultural
development and land reclamation concerns should be at the core of all
development efforts, if the desired returns to the significant size of
investments, currently being channeled within the government's policy of
development of the South Valley, are to be achieved.
the important role
of universities and academic institutions in forgoing effective
partnership with government agencies to address the different economic
and social problems, Assiut University has established a "Center for
Studies and Research for South Valley Development". The establishment of
this center is justified in view of the need for long-term
planning of development
programs. These programs are commensurate with population growth rates
expected over the coming five decades, as well as commitment to improve
the living conditions of the present generation.
Furthermore, to ensure the
role of Assiut university in the development of South Egypt.