An Agricultural Policy Review of Egypt: First Steps Towards a New Strategy
The latest population census in Egypt shows that there are more people now living along the narrow strip of land by the Nile than ever before, 95 million (CAPMAS 2017). The country’s rapidly growing population, its limited water resources, and its dependence on food imports all reinforce the importance of an integral agricultural policy. With the recent series of economic reforms that saw the flotation of the Egyptian pound, the imposition of a value-added tax, and decreases in energy subsidies, Egypt has a unique opportunity to focus on sector-level policies, including those within agriculture.
Yumna Kassim, Mai Mahmoud, Sikandra Kurdi, and Clemens Breisinger
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)