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Adjustment of wheat production to market reform in Egypt

Food, Agriculture, and Economic Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

ISBN: 978-0-76230-992-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-193-4

ISSN: 1094-5334

Publication date: 1 January 2003

Abstract

Drawing on the results of a survey of 800 Egyptian wheat farmers, this chapter analyzes the patterns of wheat production and marketing (after the reforms of 1987), government procurement of domestic wheat, and the price responsiveness of wheat supply and input demand. The results indicate that most of the wheat produced is consumed in rural areas, which explains why only a small portion of national production is available for purchase by the government. Given observed price responsiveness, the study finds that achieving the goal of self-sufficiency through price policy would be costly and ill-advised.

Citation

Kherallah, M., Minot, N. and Gruhn, P. (2003), "Adjustment of wheat production to market reform in Egypt", Food, Agriculture, and Economic Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Research in Middle East Economics, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 133-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1094-5334(03)05010-6

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