Egypt's food security in peril as fuel crisis intensifies

Published on 18 April 2013

Tens of thousands of farmers in Egypt are preparing for the annual wheat harvest, and the government - which faces a growing population, a sputtering economy and decreasing amounts of farmland - is hoping for a big crop. As the world’s biggest wheat importer, it is struggling to find the foreign currency reserves to pay for imports. (..) The government - struggling under the financial impact of two years of unrest - has drawn up plans to reduce food imports by buying more locally produced wheat.

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