Stunted children have a higher grade repetition rate. In Egypt, grade repetition cost the country 271 million Egyptian Pounds. Copyright: WFP/Laure Melo

Hunger Costs Egypt Billions Of Pounds Yearly

CAIRO - Egypt lost an estimated 20.3 billion Egyptian pounds (US$3.7 billion) or 1.9 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2009 as a result of child undernutrition, according to a study launched today in Cairo.


Although classified as a middle-income country, Egypt faces a set of development challenges characterized by substantial regional disparities with the rural parts of Upper Egypt ranking lowest on the socio-economic scale. The country has further suffered from the effects of the political transitions following the January 2011 revolution. Egypt was ranked 112 out of 187 countries in the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index.

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries834,914
Beneficiary needs (mt)16,612
Beneficiary needs ($US)22,465,744