Economic factor Hibiscus
The agricultural use of land in Egypt is mostly restricted to the fertile Nile valley and Nile delta. As a consequence a lot of food is imported to satisfy the needs of one of the largest populations in Africa. Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) can also be cultivated in dry areas and does not require large amounts of water, making it perfectly suited to the Egyptian environment.
Hibiscus is primarily cultivated for the local market, in times of political change and high social insecurity the export market has grown in importance for the Egyptian economy.