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Economics: Agricultural Labor: Egypt
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Agriculture in Egypt consists of the intensive cultivation of irrigated land in the Nile Valley. Crops range from wheat and other grains to cotton and fruits and vegetables. Animal husbandry is important for dairy products, work, and as a store of value. Overall, agriculture represents about one-sixth of the gross domestic product, although this value is declining. The proportion of the labor force involved in agriculture is still around one-third, however, but is also declining as cities grow, …

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Hopkins, Nicholas S., “Economics: Agricultural Labor: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0226b>
First published online: 2009

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