Markets, power, and potatoes: An analysis of agricultural trade between Egypt and Europe

Despite Egypt’s substantial agricultural sector, it grapples with severe food insecurity, relying heavily on volatile global wheat imports. Climate change exacerbates threats to agriculture, impacting small-scale farming in North Africa. High poverty rates, worsened by the 2016 economic crisis, hinder nutrition improvement, especially for children. Egypt’s neoliberal agricultural policies prioritise profit, favouring large-scale farming and food imports over self-sufficiency. This report (from the Transnational Institute, 14 December 2023) scrutinises Egypt’s trade agreements, focusing on the EU, evaluating their impact on food security, poverty, and sustainable development, using the potato value chain as a case study.

Read the full report here.


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