Research Series 81: Food and water systems in semi-arid regions – case study: Egypt

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Research Series 81: Food and water systems in semi-arid regions – case study: Egypt

Water is a major driver of food systems in arid and semi-arid countries. This paper explores the role of water in Egypt’s food system and the dilemma the country faces: raise food self-sufficiency by allocating freshwater resources from the Nile to food production, or rely on food imports from water-abundant regions worldwide.

Using a food system analysis approach, the main drivers and outcomes in Egypt’s food system are described, followed by two examples of food system trade-offs where water plays an important role: wheat and chicken.

The paper concludes with a reflection on the role of water in the food system and gives suggestions on how the role of water in the food system can be addressed systematically.

Auteur

Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga; Angel de Miguel Garcia; Gert-Jan Wilbers; Wouter Wolters; Hanneke Heesmans; Rutger Dankers; Robert Smit; Eric Smaling

Thèmes

L'eau

Pays

Égypte

Citation

Terwisscha van Scheltinga, C., de Miguel Garcia, A., Jan Wilbers, G., Wolters, W., Heesmans, H., Dankers, R., Smit, R., Smaling, E. 2022 “Food and water systems in semi-arid regions – case study: Egypt” IFAD Research Series 81. Rome: IFAD

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