19 June 2013
About the Study
The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study is a multi-country study aimed at estimating the economic and social costs of child undernutrition. This is done by estimating additional cases of morbidity, mortality, school repetition and dropouts, as well as reduced productivity that can be directly associated with undernutrition before the age of five, and the associated costs to an economy.
In Egypt, the study was led by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), and supported by WFP. Support in providing data was given by the Central Statistics Agency (CAPMAS), the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education in Egypt.
2009 data was used for the study as the most recent complete dataset facilitating the analysis. All associated costs estimated are likewise in 2009 prices.
Quick Facts on Egypt Study
- Today, more stunted children in Egypt than 10 years ago
- As many as 81% of all cases of child undernutrition and its related pathologies go untreated.
- 51% of the health costs associated with undernutrition occur before the child turns 1 year-old.
- 11% of all child mortality cases in Egypt are associated with undernutrition.
- Child mortality associated with undernutrition has reduced Egypt’s workforce by 1%
- The annual costs associated with child undernutrition are estimated at 20.3 billion Egyptian pounds (US$3.7 billion), which is equivalent to 1.9% of GDP.
- Eliminating stunting in Egypt is a necessary step for development in the country.
21 May 2013
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.
31 May 2011
A series of shocks affected Egypt in 2011, including internal civil disturbances, the rise of food prices and a massive return of migrants from Libya. A review of secondary data was conducted to update the knowledge on the food security situation in Egypt, identify information gaps and support decision-making on food security interventions.
31 October 2008
This vulnerability analysis report updates and expands the 2005 analysis conducted in Egypt, providing a reliable resource for the Egyptian government, donors and other interested parties in the design of policies, strategies and programmes.