Egypt, World Bank discuss activating $500 mln food security agreement

MENA , Sunday 7 Aug 2022

Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat and Minister of Supply Ali Moselhi met Sunday with a delegation from the World Bank to activate a development finance agreement that had been endorsed in June.

Rania Al-Mashat


Worth $500 million, the deal is meant to boost Egypt’s efforts to help achieve food security and to strengthen the Egyptian economy in the face of repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The ministers stressed the importance of development cooperation between Cairo and the World Bank Group, with the aim of meeting the needs of citizens for strategic commodities.

This is a top priority of the Egyptian government, the ministers told the World Bank delegates.

The meeting took up ways to strengthen sustainable food security, expand climate action and enhance agricultural resilience and production through dealing with challenges of climate change.

The ministers touched upon strenuous efforts to boost Egypt’s ability to handle sudden shocks due to the Russian-Ukrainian war that began in late February.

They cited a plan to increase the number of silos used to store wheat, as well as a vision to expand the agricultural lots of strategic crops. This, the ministers added, has contributed to enhancing Egypt’s ability to store wheat and cereals as part of its efforts to achieve food security.

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