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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

IDA commitment of $26 million is for the work of draining excess water from a million acres of agricultural land in the delta. More than one third of the total project area has now been rehabilitated, and crop productivity there has been increased by 20 per cent. The project is expected to be completed by 1979. The importance to Egypt of increased agricultural yields is absolute. Egypt is a large country (covering some 386,000 square miles), but 96 per cent of the land is desert. Thus, in order to feed her growing population, which is increasing by about 2.5 per

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

and the International Development Association to low-income countries, and to those sectors and subsectors where assistance could be brought directly to large numbers of poor people. The focus of the Bank’s attention was to be more concentrated on rural and urban development, primary education, population, health and nutrition, small-scale industries, and water supply. Bank and IDA commitments to low-income countries increased from 37 per cent of the total program during the years before 1968 to 58 per cent in the current 1979-83 five-year lending program. In our