European Union Joint Rural Development ProgrammeEuropean Union Joint
Rural Development Programme

What We Do

The EU-JRDP aims at strengthening the capacities of rural associations (farmers and non-farmers) and will support the socio-economic development of the rural beneficiaries in the target areas. The Programme supports the adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation practices through proper water usage activities and the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). The environmental issue is addressed through agricultural waste management and its reuse for composting. In addition, the adoption of GAPs will reduce the use of chemical inputs. Support to local breeds also contributes to the maintenance of agro-biodiversity and animal welfare issues will be mainstreamed. Specific activities will be implemented in order to support gender equality and to improve living conditions and opportunities for women, such us: access to micro-credit, training support to development of agricultural and non-agricultural income generating activities.

Financial Implementation Modalities

The Programme activities will be implemented through grants, services, supplies and works contracts. All grants contracts will be awarded and implemented according to the procedures and standard documents of the EU and will follow the rule described in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for European Union External Actions (PRAG). The preparation and award of the services, works and supply contracts, will follow the Italian Procurement procedures. External contractors will provide services following the specification produced by the PMU. In particular, the Grants will be related to the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices, to boost the quality and quantity of main crops available in the area of the Programme, to enhance and strengthen rural community associations. Service and works contracts will be mainly used to improve water management, increase water harvesting and arable land, promote agricultural waste reuse and establish local Action groups (LAGs) in Fayoum Governorates, as well as to support the livestock production, especially in Matrouh Governorate. Supply of machineries and equipment will allow strengthening the local association of farmers and artisans, as well as national institutions.

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