In Egypt, the recent announcement that bread prices, long subsidized for much of the population, would likely have to rise was met with cries of despair . Indeed, over two-thirds of the population of Egypt depend on inexpensive bread for daily sustenance.
In order to understand the current situation in Egypt, it’s imperative to learn how the current situation was created in the first place. First, the word used for bread in Egypt is different from the word common to other Arab countries, and is intertwined with the word meaning “to live.” Also, the most common type of bread in Egypt, consumed by 85 percent of people there, uses a word that means “traditional” or “my country.” Perhaps this sort of nationalism via food is why bread production has been subsidized in Egypt since 1941.
With state reliance for this long, the provision of low-cost bread is “ an expected […]
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