The Impact of Food and Global Economic Crises (2008) on Food Security in Egypt

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Samah Sayed Ahmed Department of Politics and Economics, Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University Egypt

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This paper aims to study how food security in Egypt influenced by the global rising of food prices occurs during the period 2006-2008 and the global economic crisis beginning in 2008. In order to achieve the aim of the study, the paper was divided into three main sections in addition to introduction, the second one analyze the features of food crisis and its reasons and its effects on the poor and households. The third section represents the global economic crisis and its impacts on the most vulnerable households. The fourth section, analyze the status of food security in Egypt before and after the two crises, government response to food and global economic crises, role of international organizations in Egypt as a result of the two crises, the Arab awakening and its impact on food security, finally, the paper introduces some policy options to address food insecurity in Egypt.

The main conclusion of the study is that the Egyptian economy is highly vulnerable to food and economic global shocks, and the status of food security after the two crises is classified as a serious case.

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