wheat

Battered by War, Syria’s Wheat Crop Halved this Year to New Low

By Maha El Dahan and Lisa Barrington ABU DHABI/BEIRUT, Sept 19 – Syria’s wheat harvest nearly halved to 1.3 million tonnes this year, the lowest in 27 years, as fighting and poor rainfall further degraded the farming sector and the nation’s ability to feed itself. The government of President Bashar al-Assad was forced to tender

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Syrian Food Crisis Deepens as War Chokes Farming

By Maha El Dahan ABU DHABI/HASAKA, Syria, April 26 – Syria’s war has destroyed agricultural infrastructure and fractured the state system that provides farmers with seeds and buys their crops, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country struggling to produce enough grain to feed its people. The country’s shortage of its main staple wheat is

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Egypt Bans Domestic Trading of Imported Wheat

CAIRO, April 6 – Egypt has banned the trading of imported wheat inside the country, Supply Minister Khaled Hanafi said on Wednesday, a move which could reduce smuggling of the grain that cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars last year. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, annually fixes a local procurement price for

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How Egypt Is Struggling To End Corruption In Wheat

By Eric Knecht CAIRO, March 15 – When Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Gad stepped out of a cafe on the outskirts of Cairo to take a call last October, a gunman on the back of a motorcycle trained a semi-automatic rifle on him and opened fire. Three bullets ripped into Gad’s right side before his attackers

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