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Title:Coping with Adjustment and Economic Crisis in Egypt's Countryside
Author:Bush, RayISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:economic recession
economic policy
agricultural policy
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056249508704155
Abstract:There are two strategic silences in the debates relating to economic liberalization in Egypt and especially to the current agricultural strategy. These refer to the role of the peasantry and to the position of women. This article is a preliminary assessment of how Egypt's current economic crisis is affecting two villages in the contrasting Governorates of Giza and Dakhalia. It also assesses whether the strategy pursued by the international agencies and the State is likely to address the problems expressed by the peasantry. These relate to non-farm prices, lack of universal access to credit, increased demand on rural health and social services, and increased demand on women's time. The author argues that official preoccupation with issues of markets and prices, and the supply of inputs, as a vehicle for economic recovery, neglects the way in which people's relations of production and reproduction are sustained and the uneven level of people's productive capabilities. Bibliogr., sum.