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War in Ukraine pushes Egypt to ramp up wheat production

The Egyptian government is working to increase local wheat production to reach self-sufficiency, after the Russian war on Ukraine added many challenges to secure the country's needs for food security.
Egyptian workers harvest wheat in Saqiyat al-Manqadi village in the northern Nile Delta province of Menoufia, Egypt, May 1, 2019.

CAIRO — The Russian war on Ukraine has stirred Egypt’s fears and concerns of failing to secure its needed wheat imports. In 2021, 80% of Egypt’s wheat imports came from Russia and Ukraine.

The Egyptian government has been applying policies aimed to secure a safe rate of local wheat to meet 70% of the local needs and reduce reliance on imports. These policies have proved to be efficient in the current local wheat harvest season.

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