Food security in Egypt: a crisis?

Food security in Egypt: a crisis?

"In Egypt under 5 percent of the population are considered undernourished. The FAO reports that 60 percent of women and 25 percent of men are obese."
(FAO’s 2015 report on food security)

A closer look at the situation in Egypt reveals significant issues. According to the FAO and UNICEF, between 21 and 30 percent of Egyptian children under the age of 5 are stunted, and 40 percent of children under 18 months and 27 percent of children under 5 years old are anemic.

So what are people eating – or not eating – that is causing this double burden of obesity and malnutrition? One of the biggest issues is the quality and safety of healthier food choices.

Read the full article by Susan Robertson, agricultural economist at ICBA - via Arab Spatial.

[Photo by Alexandra Cavoulacos - Flickr]

Food security in Egypt: a crisis?

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