Retired schoolteacher Ali Garci wanders among tiny sandy plots, inspecting his potatoes, lettuces and onions. Twice a day, the tides of the nearby Mediterranean raise the level of both, bringing precious freshwater in contact with the vegetables in the ramli plots. ‘Every drop of water’The ramli farms — ramli is Arabic for “sandy” — cover around 200 hectares (500 acres) and support around 300 people. As rainfall becomes less regular and sea levels rise, the ramli farmers’ delicate dance with nature is becoming harder. Raoudha Gafrej, an expert on water resources and climate change, says it would be near-impossible to reproduce the ramli system elsewhere.
Source: The North Africa Journal April 16, 2021 02:26 UTC