Steve Sailer just had a post entitled "Malthusian Egypt", and I think it's much more pro-Malthusian than the evidence warrants.
If a country was actually pushing the limits of its land's carrying capacity, you'd expect the per capita food production to decline.
But it looks like per capita food production in Egypt has actually expanded.
In 1961 Egypt had a population of 28.5 million and a food production per capita index of 51.
By 2007 Egypt's population had expanded to 80 million, and in spite of this the food production per capita index doubled to 102.
This suggests that Egyptian agriculture is under less strain now than when the population was only 36% of what it is now.
It is true that Egypt imports a lot of food. However, it's worth noting that World food production per capita has also increased in spite of the profound increase in overall population:
And really, if Afghanistan could have a DECLINE in its food production per capita index from 1961 to 2007 without it leading to a slackening of their population growth, Egypt with its increase in food production per capita doesn't look to have anything to worry about anytime soon.