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

News: Building datasets as the basis for sound policy making in Egypt: the case of CAPMAS-IFPRI collaboration

Perrihan Al-Riffai, Sr. Research Analyst, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI. Many people in Egypt these days think about the best ways for getting the economy back on track, how to create jobs and how to cushion the inevitable side-effects of the exchange rate devaluation, value added taxes, subsidies and other reforms. So the issue >> Read more

News: Are Egyptian Exports Being Restricted?

By Hoda El-Enbaby (Senior Research Assistant, IFPRI) and Chahir Zaki (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University) Countries generally have high incentives to protect their people from all different types of risks that can affect them. Yet, in some instances, this protection comes at other costs. In terms of >> Read more

Publication: Food policy developments in the MENA region and future outlook

By: Hagar El-didi The recently published 2016 Global Food Policy Report highlights how the convulsions in the Arab region have contributed to curbing progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)–impeding regional food security and threatening achievement of the newly proposed SDGs. Turbulent economic-political environments Intensified armed conflicts in the Middle East resulted in the >> Read more