Cash it out? Why food-based programs exist, and how to improve them

Harold Alderman, Ruslan Yemtsov -  IFPRI | World Bank  India’s state of Chhattisgarh faced a daunting challenge in the mid-2000s. About half of its public food distribution was leaked, meaning that it never reached the intended beneficiaries. By 2012, however, Chhattisgarh had nearly eliminated leakages, doubled the coverage of the scheme, and reduced exclusion errors to >> Read more

News: UN – Reaching Food Security Goal Unlikely by 2030, Unless…

By: Nadim Khouri, Chair of the Arab Food and Nutrition Security Blog On July 17, 2017 the UN Statistics Division released its (first, substantive) annual SDG Report. A quick recap: the SDGs are the Sustainable Development Goals agreed to by basically all countries of the World and that would lead to significant improvements in 17 areas of development. Everyone should >> Read more

News: Food Policy Experts’ Insights on Urbanization and Food Security

Mai Mahmoud (IFPRI-Egypt) Rapid urban growth represents opportunities and challenges for food and nutrition security around the globe. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities; and by 2030, the share of people living in urban areas is projected to overtake the share living in rural areas in most MENA countries. The combination of >> Read more

News: Untapped Potentials of Aquaculture in Egypt

Egypt is the ninth largest global aquaculture producer and accounts for 66% of African farmed fish but there are still significant opportunities for expansion. This is important as farmed fish is the cheapest source of animal-produced protein in a country facing serious nutritional deficiencies including child stunting (31%), maternal anemia (44.1%) and maternal obesity (25%).

News: Exploring Egypt’s Exceptionalism and the Role of Food Subsidies

Tracy Brown Egypt is a special case among middle-income countries that experience high economic growth: Rather than seeing a drop in chronic child undernutrition during its high-growth period in the 2000s, Egypt experienced a rise in child stunting and a further increase in the “double burden of malnutrition”—that is, the simultaneous presence of chronic undernutrition >> Read more

News: Agricultural transformation and agribusiness opportunities – A way forward for development in Egypt

Hagar ElDidi (IFPRI-Egypt) &  Alejandro Nin-Pratt (IFPRI) Economic transformation is the reallocation of economic activity across the three broad sectors (agriculture, manufacturing, and services) that accompanies the process of modern economic growth. As labor and other resources move from agriculture into more productive activities, overall productivity rises and incomes expand.  The process of economic transformation >> Read more

News: Making Egypt’s Agriculture More Nutrition-Sensitive and Evaluating Nutritional Impact

By: Hoda El-Enbaby, Olivier Ecker and Jef Leroy  Maximizing agriculture’s contribution to improving rural household income and food security has been the main goal of many development programs and policies in developing countries for decades. More recently, interventions in agriculture have increasingly aimed at achieving additional development outcomes such as improving nutrition and health among >> Read more

News: Clusters have a lot of potential in Egypt that remain untapped…

Fatma Abdelaziz and Yasmine Mandour-  Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI. The conventional development thinking is to provide countries with what they lack, such as financial resources and sound institutions. A more viable and sustainable approach often is to build on and enhance existing strengths. As the new Egypt is on mission to foster job-creating >> Read more

Publication: Nutrition and economic development: Exploring Egypt’s exceptionalism and the role of food subsidies

Egypt faces two nutritional challenges. The first is the “growth-nutrition disconnect.” High economic growth has not been accompanied by reduction in chronic child malnutrition, at least throughout the 2000s. Instead, the prevalence of child stunting increased during this decade—an atypical trend for a country outside wartime. The second challenge is the simultaneous presence of chronic undernutrition and overnutrition (due to excess consumption of calories).

Publication: A disaggregated social accounting matrix – 2010/11 for policy analysis in Egypt

The availability of comprehensive and coherent socio-economic data is an essential requirement for the development, implementation, and assessment of any national strategic plan, like Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2030. Social accounting matrices (SAMs) combine many datasets produced by statistical agencies and national institutions – such as Central Banks and Ministries of Finance and Agriculture – >> Read more