The conflict in Sudan is causing a supply deficit in Egypt, leading to a significant rise in food prices, according to a report by the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).
Egypt's government is struggling to control inflation, and the soaring beef prices are exacerbating the situation.
To compensate for the supply deficit, Egypt is seeking to import cattle and other products from Somalia and Chad, as stated in the USDA report.
In 2022, Egypt imported 110,000 live animals and 10,000 metric tons of beef from Sudan, which demonstrates the extent of the reliance on Sudan for food supply.
The instability in Sudan has disrupted economic flows in East Africa, impacting banking and customs procedures that are centralized in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
Sudan plays a crucial role as a major agriculture and livestock exporter, as well as a logistical hub for Africa, which further highlights the significance of the crisis on the region.
The rising food prices in Egypt, particularly for beef, are causing financial strain on consumers and posing challenges for the government in managing social and economic stability.
The situation underscores the interconnectedness of economies and the ripple effects that conflicts in one country can have on neighboring nations.
Egypt's attempts to source food products from alternative countries reveal the country's efforts to diversify its supply chains and reduce dependency on a single source.
The USDA report highlights the urgent need for a resolution to the conflict in Sudan to restore stability to the region and mitigate the adverse impact on food prices and supply.
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