ROME - Civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves
raise serious food security concerns in Egypt, the United Nations' food agency
said in a report on Thursday.
Cereal import requirements for 2013/14 in
Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, will remain similar to last year
despite good prospects for its own harvest, the Food and Agriculture Organization said, pointing to an expanding population.
But FAO warned in
its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report that declining foreign exchange
reserves may result in increased restrictions on transactions by Egypt's Central
Bank, thus curtailing the imports.
A week after Egypt's army toppled its
first democratically elected leader, bloodshed has opened deep fissures in the
Arab world's most populous country, with bitterness at levels unseen in its