The 2013 The Status of Poverty and Food Security in Egypt: Analysis and Policy Recommendations report serves a follow-up to a previous report published in 2011.1 It analyses data from the 2011 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIECS) by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), with a view to providing an in-depth picture of the food security situation and the vulnerability of households in Egypt, particularly subsequent to the 2011 revolution. The HIECS included data from 24,000 households collected by means of a household questionnaire. It is supplemented by a panel sample of 8781 households who were visited in both 2008/09 and 2010/11. Panel data facilitates analysis of change that occurred in specific households between the previous HIECS survey (2008/09) and the 2011 survey. Both samples are representative at governorate level.
The specific objectives of this study are to: a) define food-insecure or vulnerable households in Egypt; b) identify how many are food-insecure; c) identify where they live; and d) identify the underlying correlations and repercussions of food insecurity; and e) put forward associated policy recommendations.