Tag Archives: Gash Barka Region

The Gash Barka Effect: Eritrea-led Development

The favorable fertile plains of Gash Barka region for farming and grazing of animals coupled with 3 large rivers in conjunction with 8 big dams, 32 reservoirs and 118 micro dams that support the Agro-industries with its modern industrial equipment are testimony to the Eritrea-led development model.


In my first edition of the Gash effect, I took a look at the chief catalyst for the Gash-Barka’s recent transformation in agricultural development: the National Crops and Livestock Corporation. In this edition also, I’ll take a brief look at the region’s agricultural structure, in line with the interview I had with the managing director of the development region Mr. Hailezghi Habte. Continue reading The Gash Barka Effect: Eritrea-led Development

Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea

“We did not sell gold to buy foodPresident Isaias Afwerki; NY 2011.

If there is ever a region that epitomizes food security in Eritrea, it’s the Gash Barka Region

By Berhane Woldu,

The morning light had broadened, gained greater depth, and lay in a clean sheet across the field, giving it a silver tincture. Not a single car was in sight except a carvel of camels traveling parallel to a tree-wreathed riverside.

Barentu is the regional capital of Gash Barka. The trip to Barentu takes you through Anseba Region and into Agordat with its beautiful serene landscape. Barantu is situated in the fertile plains and is homeland of the Kunama ethnic group. Continue reading Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea