The Egypt food crisis came as
a result of the food` s big prices, at a global level.
crisis leads to a daily battle for surviving among the
Some of them are so desperate of not being able
to buy food any more that they protested on the streets.
example, a man who used to buy two kilos of meat daily, to
feed his 4 members family, now can afford only one kilo.
butchers, even the ones from the shops situated on crowed
streets, say that their business is not working any more.
On the markets, the
bakers have no place to put the fresh cooked bread
because the old one is still for sale. The
vegetables are also too expansive for the Egyptians
to buy them. Although there is enough food, the
prices are too high and the Egyptians can not afford
it to buy the products.
It seems that more than 40%
of the Egypt` s people have to live with 1$ a day or
The everyday ‘eesch’ (meaning ‘bread and life’), can
not be bought with this money. The explosion of the
prices was huge and totally unexpected. The
Egyptians don`t understands why that happened or how
long it will last. The basic foods` prices are too
big; the grains and bread`s price is with 40%
bigger. The price of yogurt, milk and cheese is also
gibber with 17%. The protest ended with the police
intervention, hundreds of protestants being arrested
and some other were even killed.
The food crisis leads
to street revolts, like the one happened on the streets of
Mahalla, an industrial town situated at 90 minutes away from
And if the situation is
not getting better, the number of protests could increase.
The rich people of Egypt also complain about the food
crisis. They say that the prices of the fish fillets from
restaurants are too big.
Although the economy grew with 7%
in 2007 and the number of the new cars is still increasing,
there are too many poor people who can not have a decent
level of life. There are Egyptians that work one day and 10
not, so they really don` t make money.
Some of them have big families, a
thing that makes the things even harder. Yes, maybe the
population of India and China exploded and that` s why these
nations had to buy food from the markets of the world, but
when can` t buy food to survive or you can not pay your
taxes, these things don` t help at all.
There are desperate
people saying that they will have to steal food if the
situation will not change. One confectioner of sweets says
that since the granules, the chocolate and the nuts he use
to prepare sweets are more expensive, he has to rise the
prices of his products which means he will sell less. The
government has to do something to offer those Egyptians a