Algeria

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Algeria’s population reached 42.3m by the end of 2018, making it the second-largest country in North Africa after Egypt, which surpassed 100m earlier in the year. With demographic growth of 1.7% in 2017, Algeria’s Ministry of Health expects that the population will reach 51m by 2030. The population remains relatively young, with a median age...

 

How would you evaluate the previous efforts made to support the agriculture sector?

 

Agriculture in Algeria is primarily rain-fed and often suffers from droughts, which have worsened in recent years due to climate change. The government, therefore, has plans to expand irrigation networks to cover 2m ha, or 25% of arable land, by 2021 – 700,000 ha more than the 1.3m ha irrigated in 2018. This need was recognised some years ago...

 

How would you assess Algeria’s achievements in the agricultural sector in recent years?

 

A number of driving forces are behind Algeria’s efforts to boost domestic agricultural output and cut the food import bill. First, the country is looking to diversify away from its dependence on hydrocarbons revenue, given fluctuating international oil prices; second, the population is forecast to rise by 25% to nearly 50m people by 2030, thus...

 

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