Egypt: Dimensions of the gap in major food crops

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Dalia El-Agami

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At a time when achievement of food security is considered one of the most important strategic issues across the world, Egypt unfortunately still suffers from a large gap in major food crops such as wheat, rice and corn; as with the steadily increasing population, the state has been unable to provide the basic food essentials for citizens, as it has failed to achieve self-sufficiency in these important commodities. Instead, it tended to reduce the gap between demand and supply of these commodities by importing from abroad, which led to overburdening the state’s general budget and increasing the trade balance deficit.

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