Erbil International Fair 2017
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Directory Directory Subscribe
Login
 

Middle East food import bill set to double by 2035

 
 

Please, enter data

Please, enter data

Reuters, 23 February 2016

The cost of food imports to Arab states is expected to double over the next 20 years if the region's farms do not become more efficient, an agriculture expert said.

The Middle East currently imports about $35 billion of food annually, and this looks set to rise to $70 billion in two decades as climate change impacts crop yields and the population rises, said Mahmoud Solh, of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

The broader Middle East should be able to meet its own food needs, but per capita yields for key grains and other staple crops are low across the much of the region, he said.

In some areas, yields are as low as 1 ton per hectare when they should be five times higher, Solh said.

There are some notable exceptions, he said, where improved technology and better management have helped boost production.

In parts of Egypt's Nile River Delta, farmers have increased yields while decreasing water intensity by using special drills to plant grain on beds, rather than in traditional rows, he said.

Improved seeds bred specially for dry climates are also helping farmers, he said.

Still, productivity gains from new technologies or climate smart agriculture have not raised yields fast enough to keep pace with population growth across several Middle Eastern countries with worrying implications for future stability, he said.
Reuters
23 February

  COMMENTS
Login to Add Your Comment  (for subscribers) | Subscribe

 

Latest News

Dana Gas makes first international condensate sale in Egypt
TradeArabia, 28 April 2017

Dana Gas, the Middle East’s largest regional natural gas company, has achieved an important milestone with the first international sale of condensate in ...

Read full story
Dana Gas makes first international condensate sale in Egypt
Discussing opportunities and enhancing cooperation between Lebanese and Italian businesses
LebItalia, 26 April 2017

On Tuesday 25 April, held at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon (CCIAB) and organized by the Lebanese Italian Business ...

Read full story
Discussing opportunities and enhancing cooperation between Lebanese and Italian businesses
Back to Home Page 1550 --- 385 <><><> 771.33333333333.....exvideo=0....eximage=0
P 0
BR 16

Erbil International Fair 2017

 

 
The Annual Future Drainage & Stormwater Networks Abu Dhabi
1 - May 2017
2nd Annual Mosque Design & Development Summit
3 - May 2017
4th Annual LightingTech Qatar
8 - May 2017
Industrial Control Systems Smart City
15 - May 2017
Road Development Kenya
13 - June 2017
 
  View more  

Market Indecies
 
Saudi SE - 2.32%
Dubai FM - 4.53%
Abu Dhabi SE - 3.99%
Kuwait SE - 1.51%
Doha SM - 8.36%
Muscat SM - 6.18%
Casablanca SE Closed
Bahrain SE - 0.98%
Cairo SE Closed
Amman SE - 1.12%
 

Iraq Erbil AgroFood 2017

Quick Links
  Reports  
  Articles  
  Brochures & Flyers  

Up-coming events
  Project Qatar - 8 May - 11 May 2017  
  Qatar StoneTech - 8 May - 11 May 2017  
  Heavy Max - 8 May - 11 May 2017  
  Project Lebanon - 16 May - 19 May 2017  
  Energy Lebanon - 16 May - 19 May 2017  
  Beirut Boat - 20 May - 24 May 2017  
  Iraq Agro-Food - Erbil - 23 October - 26 October 2017  
  Energy Iraq - Erbil - 23 October - 26 October 2017  
IFP Group Events Calendar

 


Magazine sections
  Finance  
  Zoom  
  Growth Markets  
  Regional Overview  
  Editorial  
  Tips and Tricks  
  Spotlight  
  Home Finance  
  Our Meetings
 
  Focus
 
  News
 
  Legal Issues
 

 

               
IFP Corporate
• IFP Emirates
• IFP Lebanon
• IFP Qatar
• IFP Iraq
• REC Saudi Arabia
• IFP China
Lebanon
Beirut Boat
Energy Lebanon
Project Lebanon
Qatar
Heavy Max
Hospitality Qatar
Project Qatar
Qatar StoneTech
Iraq
Energy Iraq - Erbil
Erbil International Fair
Iraq Agro-Food - Erbil
Project Iraq Erbil
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh Motor Show
 
 
  IMC
IFP Group 2017 - © All rights reserved