29th Sahara Expo: the future of sustainable agriculture in Egypt

Boosting Egypt’s agricultural production is essential so as to keep up with the high rate of population growth and higher demand.

This year’s Sahara Expo is set to be one of the largest and most attended agricultural events in Africa and the Middle East. The 29th edition, which began on Saturday at the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre (CICC), is focusing on modern and sustainable agriculture.

In recent years, Egypt has faced various challenges as a result of resource mismanagement and increasingly unsustainable consumption patterns, which put Egypt at risk of an energy and water crisis. Despite this, as one of the largest countries in the region, Egypt is a promising market with a great deal of opportunities.

Agriculture is ranked at the top of Egypt’s first priorities, as seen by new land reclamation programmes: an area of 1.8m feddans is being reclaimed at an annual rate of 150,000 feddans.

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