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Sweet potatoes revive Egypt's dream of reducing wheat imports

Expecting Ukraine war-induced wheat supply problems, Egypt is experimenting with using sweet potatoes in bread, amid hopes that the new measure will significantly reduce wheat imports.
Sweet potatoes

CAIRO – Egypt has started producing bread from sweet potatoes to reduce wheat imports.

With a population of 103 million and an exorbitant wheat import bill, the unprecedented move is an attempt to mitigate effects of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The war has pushed wheat prices up in the international market, which threatens to widen the budget deficit and drain Cairo's coffers.

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