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EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops

EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The system, developed by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and Cairo’s MSA University, uses a sensor buried in the soil to measure moisture levels and a transmitter to send the data to the user, who accesses it through a mobile app.
Even if they are away from their fields, farmers can tell whether their crops need more water or have had enough.

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EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall

EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt has recently agreed with the Russian Rusnano Group to develop its local components and build more desalination plants to face the water scarcity that could result from the Ethiopian dam being built on the Blue Nile.
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EGYPT: The Invisible Transformations of the Food Subsidy System

EGYPT: The Invisible Transformations of the Food Subsidy System | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

In 2014, the Egyptian government launched a major reform of the ration card system (RCS) through which citizens access food subsidies, shifting from in-kind to cash transfers. Prior to 2014, beneficiaries could buy a set quota of three basic commodities—rice, sugar, and cooking oil—at a very low price (LE10 for about 5.5 kg of food per person). In contrast, the new RCS provides beneficiaries with smart cards credited with a monthly cash allotment of LE50 per person to purchase commodities from ration shops. In addition, the list of available commodities was diversified to include about 30 different goods, among them meat and cheese, but also soap or washing powder. In essence, the RCS’s new design aims at gradually reducing the share of food subsidies in state expenditures.

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Egypt: Oh so sweet prickly pears!

Egypt: Oh so sweet prickly pears! | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Prickly pears are summertime staple for many in Egypt. But what’s the origin of these thorn-covered fruits that quench the thirst of summer vacationers? Come with us to a prickly pear farm in Beheira as we follow their journey from the fields to a wooden cart in Alexandria that customers crowd in the midday sun until well after midnight. Oh so sweet, prickly pears!
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Egypt explores using modern irrigation methods in 175,000 feddan land

Egypt explores using modern irrigation methods in 175,000 feddan land | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty and Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El Sayed El Kosayer met on Wednesday to discuss implementation of modern irrigation systems in New Valley governorate. 
During the meeting, they addressed the possibility of converting about ​​175,000 feddan currently irrigated by flooding in New Valley to modern irrigation techniques.

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Coronavirus: Egypt hopes agricultural exports will salvage pandemic-hit economy

Coronavirus: Egypt hopes agricultural exports will salvage pandemic-hit economy | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The agriculture sector in Egypt, which has suffered neglect over many decades, has found a silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic. The disease outbreak has disrupted the supply chain around the world, with major producers finding it either difficult to send their crops to foreign markets or unable to satisfy demand in local markets. This has opened up a window of opportunity for Egyptian agricultural products in foreign markets, including those that were difficult to enter in the past because of fierce competition with products from other countries.

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Egypt: Facing both poverty and the virus, informal workers keep working and losing work

Egypt: Facing both poverty and the virus, informal workers keep working and losing work | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
There are over 10 million informal workers like Marei in Egypt, according to government estimates. While many of them continue to work because they cannot afford to stay home, the pandemic has undercut their livelihoods nonetheless. 
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COVID-19 Food Policy Response Monitor for Egypt

COVID-19 Food Policy Response Monitor for Egypt | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The IFPRI Egypt Strategy Support Program (ESSP) is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by providing evidence-based information and analysis. As part of these efforts, IFPRI ESSP has launched the COVID-19 Food Policy Response Monitor for Egypt.
The Food Policy Response Monitor provides an overview of key food policy responses in a tabular format and is updated on a bi-weekly basis.
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Egypt authorities take additional measures to curb coronavirus spread and stimulate economy

Egypt authorities take additional measures to curb coronavirus spread and stimulate economy | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The government on Thursday ordered the closure of all restaurants, cafes, casinos, amusement parks, nightclubs, bars and commercial centers from 7 pm to 6 am every day until March 31 as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The decision does not apply to delivery services and places that sell food and other essential goods, such as bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.

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How to scale-up greywater reuse in Jordan and Egypt

How to scale-up greywater reuse in Jordan and Egypt | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Much time, money and energy has been put into trialing greywater treatment technology in Jordan, but success rates are low. What can be learned from the work that has already been done to spread the use of the technology, both in Jordan and in Egypt?
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Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches

Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a cold winter fol­lowed by a hot grow­ing season, Egypt is expect­ing low returns in terms of its olive oil pro­duc­tion. However, the pos­si­bil­ity of a late surge for cer­tain cul­ti­vars remains.
The fore­cast comes as Egypt, the world’s second-largest table olive pro­ducer, is in the midst of plant­ing 100 mil­lion olive trees by the end of next year.

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L'Egitto vuole investire in olivicoltura con piano da 100 milioni di piante

L'Egitto vuole investire in olivicoltura con piano da 100 milioni di piante | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Illustrate le opportunità di investimento per gli imprenditori stranieri che intendano aprire nuove collaborazioni con il Paese. L’Egitto in questo momento ha la presidenza di turno del Consiglio Oleicolo Internazionale che garantirà supporto tecnico

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Egypt imported 10 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries since January 2018

Egypt imported 10 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries since January 2018 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

By Ahram online, 08/11/2018

A report by Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture says that Egypt has imported 10.1 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries in Eastern Europe and Asia since January.

One of the world's largest wheat importers, Egypt imported nearly 7.1 million tonnes from Russia, the report said. In second place came Ukraine at 100,000 tonnes. Cairo spends around $1.5 billion annually on wheat imports

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EGYPT acts to rescue its farmland from urban sprawl

EGYPT acts to rescue its farmland from urban sprawl | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The government is confronting the loss of farmland by demolishing homes and buildings constructed without permits.

Egyptian authorities are moving ahead with a big crackdown on homes and other buildings constructed illegally on farmland nationwide.

Municipal authorities have demolished thousands of structures built on agricultural land without permits and in violation of Egypt's agriculture laws.

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EGYPT: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Agriculture 

EGYPT: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Agriculture  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
When water scarcity restricts agricultural production, expanding water resources is only one option to increase or maintain output; investments in research to raise productivity can also release constraints on growth. In this paper, we construct a model of optimal resource allocation with both public and private inputs in production—the public sector invests in research and irrigation infrastructure to supply technology and water, respectively, whereas the private sector supplies other inputs.
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Egypt: A Visual Tale of Luxor's Agricultural Transformation

Egypt: A Visual Tale of Luxor's Agricultural Transformation | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Visually, Luxor is most famous for its iconic temples. Yet beyond this, while there is the visual tale of ancient Egypt, there is also the current visual tale of Egyptian farmers that are opening up to the world and the future.
Today, investing in resilient agriculture is more important than ever. According to an article on the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic “should spur us to redefine how we feed humanity.” Being the most labor-intensive, providing an estimated 28% of all jobs and 55% of rural employment, it is the most critical sector to alleviate poverty, provide job opportunities and transform communities for generations to come.

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Egypt: “Beyond COVID-19: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Egypt’s Agricultural Sector”

Egypt: “Beyond COVID-19: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Egypt’s Agricultural Sector” | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of the importance of a resilient agricultural sector for food security and livelihoods. In fact, the agri-food system has been critical in many countries to cushion the negative impacts of the current crisis on economic growth, jobs and household incomes, including in Egypt. However, the changing climate is posing a significant threat to the future of agriculture in Egypt and solutions as to how to make the agricultural sector climate resilient are urgently needed.

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Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard

Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt is going to become a major pro­ducer of olive oil in the future,” Khalil Nas­ral­lah, the vice pres­i­dent for busi­ness excel­lence at Wadi Food, told Olive Oil Times. ​“Right now we are well-known for our table olives, but soon we will be for our olive oil too. That will change.”
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Egypt: Unfazed by coronavirus, Egypt's farmers harvest their wheat

Egypt: Unfazed by coronavirus, Egypt's farmers harvest their wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egyptian farmers have begun to harvest their wheat without the coronavirus disruptions hitting other growers globally, and with a plea from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sell the government as much of their crop as possible.
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EGYPT - 'Staying home is for the rich': Social distancing is a luxury Egypt's poor can't afford

EGYPT - 'Staying home is for the rich': Social distancing is a luxury Egypt's poor can't afford | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As a vegetable street vendor who travels some 90 kilometres from Monufia to Cairo every day, in the back of a crowded truck with 15 others, Samira Outt, 46, has been flouting the coronavirus social-distancing guidelines that demand people stay home as much as possible.
Like other millions of Egyptians, for Outt, a widowed mother with four children, staying home is not an option. If she did, the breadwinner would be unable to provide food, clothes and shelter for her family. 

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In the Land of the Pharaohs, Can Faba Be King Again?

In the Land of the Pharaohs, Can Faba Be King Again? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Faba beans won't prevent Covid-19, but they are nutrition-packed, affordable pulses that play a key role in food security in Egypt and elsewhere.

This study tries to unpack the various reasons why most Egyptian farmers stopped cultivating fūl in the early 90s, why 70% of it is now imported from faraway places like Australia and Lithuania, and what could be done at a policy level to reinvigorate domestic production.

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Coronavirus in Egypt: Panic Buying As Total Rises to 126 Cases

Coronavirus in Egypt: Panic Buying As Total Rises to 126 Cases | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the regional office of the World Health Organization announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 late Sunday, raising the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country to 126. The new 16 cases include eight Egyptians and eight foreigners who were in contact with previous cases as the ministry is […]
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Egyptian companies wish to sell dates to Brazil | MENAFN.COM

Egyptian companies wish to sell dates to Brazil | MENAFN.COM | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egyptian date exporters are looking into the Brazilian market. At Gulfood, the Middle East's biggest food and beverage show, Egyptian Export Center HB and the Orient Group both said they're interested in selling to Brazil. Egypt is the biggest date producing country in the world.
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Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches

Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a cold win­ter fol­lowed by a hot grow­ing sea­son, Egypt is expect­ing low returns in terms of its olive oil pro­duc­tion. However, the pos­si­bil­ity of a late surge for cer­tain cul­ti­vars remains.
The fore­cast comes as Egypt, the world’s sec­ond-largest table olive pro­ducer, is in the midst of plant­ing 100 mil­lion olive trees by the end of next year.

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Why Egyptian farmers' sons would rather migrate than work in fields

Why Egyptian farmers' sons would rather migrate than work in fields | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Agriculture in the Egyptian countryside is in decline as farmers' offspring would rather move abroad than stay at family farms.
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