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

News: Measuring Poverty and Hunger in Egypt

By: Fatma Abdelaziz, Hagar El-didi and Yasmine Mandour The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide Egypt with a new framework to monitor and measure its progress and identify gaps and challenges in areas of poverty reduction and ending hunger. But Egypt will need to coordinate these with its own national Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 (SDS), make sure >> Read more

News: Egypt Needs Sound Policies to Jump-Start Development Efforts

By: Katarlah Taylor, Fatma Abdelaziz, and Jose Luis Figueroa Participants at a recent Cairo seminar held to mark the Egypt launch of IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report(GFPR) grappled with the Arab region’s profound development problems. The upheavals of the Arab Spring halted progress in meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said Clemens Breisinger, >> Read more

Forthcoming Publication: IFPRI Book on Nutrition and Economic Development in Egypt

Egypt faces two major nutritional challenges that have critical implications for the country’s economic future: the disconnect between economic growth and human nutrition and the widespread coexistence of under- and over nutrition among rich and poor people in rural and urban areas. The forthcoming IFPRI book “Nutrition and Economic Development: Exploring Egypt’s Exceptionalism and the >> Read more

News: Setting priorities for policy research for development in Egypt

Egypt’s food markets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the local souks feature skillfully crafted furniture, scarves, and jewelry. These products are the result of a long tradition of agricultural production, craftsmanship, and trading. However, the producers are often small businesses that find it challenging to expand production, reach new markets, and innovate. >> Read more

Special Event: “Modeling the Water-Food-Energy (WEF) Nexus in the Arab World” – The Case of Egypt

Water is a precious resource, essential to sustain livelihoods, food security, economic growth and the environment. Where there is no water, there is no life and no future. Nowhere is this more visible than in Egypt, an arid country that largely depends on flows from the River Nile. Growing water scarcity, increased water variability due >> Read more

Publication: Wind and Solar Energy for Economic Development in Egypt

By: Perrihan Al-Riffai (Sr. Research Analyst – IFPRI), Julian Blohmke (Ph.D. Researcher - Maastricht University), Clemens Breisinger (Sr. Research Fellow – IFPRI), and Manfred Wiebelt (Sr. Research Fellow – Kiel Institute for the World Economy) Under certain conditions, fostering the renewable energy strategy may be a promising way to provide an urgently needed impetus for Egypt’s >> Read more

Publication: Agricultural Research and Development Capacity in the Arab World: Positive Progress, but Challenges Remain

By: Gert-Jan Stads, Senior Program Manager - Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) Throughout the Arab world, agricultural R&D was not a political priority for decades, but when food prices rose to record highs in 2008, governments realized they could no longer neglect agricultural investment, and started looking at ways to enhance agricultural productivity.