Could a system of artificial canals help Somalia? Is it time for a radical altering of the landscape to stop desertification? Imagine a “Somalia Canal” that starts in Somalia with a string of desalinization plants that would form a strip along the Indian Ocean. The water produced from these plants would be pumped to an artificial reservoir as a starting point that would run north towards Djibouti. The artificial canal (river) would stimulate agricultural output and job potential.
In order to keep it simple, it would start as a basic concrete-lined ditch 10 or 15 feet wide and probably 4 to 5 feet deep. While the impact of this would be small, it might possibly be a good start. The Horn of Africa country is subject to perpetual drought. The ocean with desalinization plants could provide an endless supply of needed water.