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FAO launches the project “Good agricultural practices for small-scale farmers in Fayoum”, in partnership with International Organizations and Egyptian Institutions

Fayoum- 11 October 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized today an inception workshop of the project “Extending the application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to enhance the quantity and the quality of horticulture for small-scale farmers in Fayoum”, in partnership with The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Union of Producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops, and Fayoum
Agro-Organic and Development Association. This project is financed by The European Union.

Representatives from the European Union – Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP) and from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation have attended the inception workshop, held under the auspice of Dr. Gamal Sami Ali, Fayoum governor, along with representatives from the Agriculture and Irrigation Departments in Fayoum, Faculty of Agriculture-Fayoum university, as well as representatives from the Agriculture Cooperatives, the Agricultural Extension Center, vegetables and fruits exporters, and small-scale horticulture farmers from the concerned villages.

On this occasion, Dr. Gamal Sami Ali, Fayoum governor, said:” this project is a good opportunity for farmers to move from traditional agricultural practices, which results in having crops of low quantity and quality, to good agriculture practices, which will significantly contribute in enhancing the living condition of small scale farmers’ and their families. We aim to mainstream the project’s results and activities in all the governorate’s villages in order to benefit everyone in way that will be reflected on the overall economic performance of the governorate.

Dr. Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt, said: “the main purpose of the project is to improve the living condition of small-scale horticulture farmers in five villages in Fayoum governorate, as well as to increase their crops’ quality and quantity, and the competitiveness of their products through the adoption of GAPs with emphasis on reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining high crop productivity, and through the dissemination of these concepts at the governorate level.”

He further added: “FAO is responsible for managing and coordinating all the project’s activities to optimize the use of rain water and floods, and to build the capacity of farmers. More agreements are to be signed in the upcoming period to organize associations for small scale farmers and to provide practical agriculture applications aiming at achieving good water and soil management, as well as adopting integrated prevention and production systems. They also aim at diversifying the crops to attain highest level of their production and their quality, enabling us to market for them, to strengthen the ability of local contracting and exporting, as well as establishing agriculture greenhouses in each of the five concerned villages.

For his part, Ahmed Ewiss, project manager in the FAO, said:” Fayoum governates’ farmers face a series of challenges: failure to testing and loosening the soil, lack of awareness of the crops diversification, neglecting the agriculture cycle and lacking optimal use of water, inability to have the high-quality seeds and fertilizers, and shortage of agricultural mechanization. This project intent to overcome these obstacles by adopting technologies aiming at improving the efficiency and management of water use in the farms, as well as adopting good agriculture practices to improve the soil fertility and providing the option of crop diversification, along with other important measures to be taken in this regard.

The project “Good agricultural practices” will be implemented in five villages in Fayoum: Fanous, Dar El-Salam, Monshaat El Gamal, Kasr El Gebali and Karoun Wali, in Tamiyyah and Yousef El-Sedik districts.

The European Union-Joint Rural Development Program (EU-JRDP) is a rural development intervention under the European Neighborhood and partnership Financial Cooperation with Mediterranean Countries (ENPARD) in Egypt, a policy initiative of the European Union translating its commitment to inclusive growth and stability in its neighborhood and is implemented by the Italian cooperation. The total cost of the Program is 21,89 million entirely financed by the European union. EU-JRDP duration is five years (2015-2019)

Publication of Updated Timetable n.2 for Minya and Fayoum ongoing tenders

Updated Timetable Minya 2

Updated Timetable Fayoum 2

Further steps on the way toward enhancing Ecotourism in Fayoum

Since ecotourism is promoting “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015), EU-JRDP aims to enhance this approach in Fayoum for improving rural livelihoods, (more…)

Promoting Geographic Indication “Typical Products in Matrouh” Initiated by an Introductory Seminar

Under the framework of EU-JRDP Programme and in coordination with the Programme Lead Partner, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), Foreign Affairs Relations (FAR) Office, a Seminar on Geographic Indication (GI), a Tool for Promoting Typical Products in Matrouh Governorate was held today Wednesday 15th of March, 2017.

The Seminar aimed at presenting the GI concept and potentialities for national stakeholders. The event opened with a key speech from Dr. David Stephane, Project Manager from the European Union, Delegation to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Hesham Allam, Foreign Affairs Relations (FAR – MALR), and Dr. Mario Margiotta, Team Leader of EU- JRDP. Following opening remarks, the International Consultant Dr. Monique Bagal has delivered presentations on what is GI, their potential in Egypt, and the needs assessment methodology of GI in Egypt within the EU-JRDP framework.

The Seminar was then concluded with open discussion from the approximately 40 participants who ranged from the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI), The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), the Egyptian Administration for Agricultural Cooperatives, Horticulture Research Institute, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, UNIDO, FAO, CIHEAM BARI, Animal Production Research Center (APRI), Agricultural Research Center, Desert Research Center (DRC), Deputy of the Farmers’ Union, Slow Food Egypt. Participants were expected to fill in a questionnaire upon which the Programme will build on for designing a tailor-made strategy for the implementation of geographical indications in Marsa Matrouh and creating a local inter-institutional Working Group on GI.

It is noteworthy to highlight that the EU-JRDP is investing € 1.2 M in the Egyptian Governorate of Matrouh (2016-2019) to promote Geographic Indication (GI) products, mainly from the sectors of agriculture and livestock. Geographical Indication (GI) is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin. The protection of geographical indications matters economically and culturally. EU–JRDP approach in enhancing GIs aims at identifying products that are deeply rooted in tradition, culture and territory with high potential of GI designation; protecting (Intellectual Property Right) local products name to create value added to the benefit of local communities; promoting local products, to seize existing market opportunities.

About the GI Consultant:

Dr. Monique Bagal has a Master’s Degree in International Law and a PhD in the protection of GIs. She has extensive experience in the past years in GI field, with a specialization in Africa – including North Africa. She was GI legal expert consultant for FAO, REDD and WIPO and the International network for GIs (ORIGIN). She has also collaborated in the field of GIs with the African organization for IP (OAPI) and the African Union.

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Two grant contracts with FAO for improving GAPs of small-scale farmers in Fayoum and Matrouh Governorates

On Wednesday 14th of March, 2017 at the EU-JRDP premises, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Egypt signed two grant contracts through which FAO will receive a total EU contribution of Euro 1, 600,000 for the Governorates of Fayoum and Matrouh.


Generating income for rural communities in Fayoum and Minya: CEOSS signs two contracts for awareness raising and capacity building on GAPs

On Monday 06 February, 2017 the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) signed two contracts with the Programme for scaling up of GAPs in Fayoum and Minya, respectively “Towards Rural Resilience in Fayoum (TRRF)” and “Promoting Rural Resilience in Minya (PRRM)” based on the grants awarded under the EU-JRDP 3rd and 4th calls.

Both actions will be implemented over the period of 30 months each, with a total EU contribution of Euro 200,000 for Fayoum and Euro 700,000 for Minya.

CEOSS together with the Union of Producer and Exporters of Horticulture Crops (UPEHC) will work to build the capacities and skills for the rural inhabitants over 5 target rural communities in Fayoum and rural inhabitants over 7 target rural communities in Minya.

The overall objective of the Action “Towards Rural Resilience in Fayoum (TRRF)” is establishing resilient rural communities in Fayoum Governorate through alleviating poverty and improving livelihoods for small farmers through organizing them in local groups and empowering them to achieve income increase. TRRF will attain its overall objective of more resilient rural communities in Fayoum through improving the competitiveness of farmers’ agricultural products, hence contributing to their income increase and improved livelihoods. This will take place through organizing farmers to be able to act as an influential collective power defending their common interests in front of various stakeholders.

Building resilient rural communities in Minya Governorate in terms of poverty alleviation and promoting livelihoods of small farmers and their families is the overall objective of the action “Promoting Rural Resilience in Minya (PRRM)”, through improving their productivity by applying the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and linking them to the most profitable markets. PRRM will attain achieving its overall objective of more resilient rural communities with alleviated poverty through interventions that improve the working and living conditions of rural inhabitants, and hence improve their socioeconomic conditions. This will involve applying GAPs that would improve the quality and quantity of selected crops, while addressing environmental, economic and social sustainability at local level




Programme Efforts in Matrouh in the Local News!

During the last two weeks, the Programme efforts in Matrouh have been featured in the local news, particularly after the heavy rain fall in the Governorate. However, this year Matrouh witnesses this rain fall with developing wadis and increased agricultural area! For more details read the translated articles by Alosboo!


Euro 32, 000 Equipment Delivered for Monitoring Programme Activities

On Wednesday 14th of December, 2016 EU-JRDP delivered special technological equipment of the total cost of Euro 32, 000 to the Programme partners from the three focus governorates namely: Matrouh, Fayoum and Minya on 15 December, 2016.

The equipment included computers, cameras and printers with the purpose of monitoring and follow up of the activities conducted by the Programme in the area of rural development in the three focus governorates. The equipment will be installed in a special unit at the local level in the Agricultural Directorates of each of the three governorates.

Prior to the purchase and delivery of these equipment, a training was delivered by the Programme to the Local Committee, which is composed of representatives from the Programme Lead Partner: the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), Water Users Associations (WUAs), and Farmer Associations on how to use each tool for the monitoring and follow up activities.

Involving local beneficiaries from the beginning: Livestock Matrouh Project kick-off!

Within the framework of EU-JRDP, a kick-off event of the grant action called: “Utilization of improved adapted Barki sheep and goats in the dry area of Matrouh – Livestock Matrouh Project” was held by the implementing entity Animal Production Research Institute (APRI) on 22 and 23 November 2016 in Matrouh Public Library, Marsa Matrouh, Egypt. (more…)

Capacity Building on Grant Management for Grant Awardees

In a further step to build the capacity of its partners, EU-JRDP delivered a training on Grant Management in the Governorate of Marsa Matrouh for two days in a row (04-05 October, 2016). (more…)

APRI Signs a Grant Contract to Support Livestock Breeders in Matrouh

On Wednesday 21st of September 2016 at the EU-JRDP premises, the Egyptian Animal Production Research Institute (APRI) signed a grant contract through which APRI will receive a contribution of Euro 400, 000.00 (more…)

Call for Proposals for Eco-tourism in the Governorate of Fayoum

In the frame of the European Union- Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP), the 6th Call for Proposals for Eco-tourism in the Governorate of Fayoum has been launched.

The deadline for concept note submission is 3 November 2016.

The full Guidelines for applicants are available for consultation on the following internet site:

Info Session on Eco-tourism 

Participants List to Info Session 21 Sep 16 


On 20 November, 2016

Update on Invitation to Submit Full Application


URGENT New Dates for 3rd and 4th Calls (Info Sessions & Full Applications Deadlines)

URGENT New Dates for 3rd and 4th Calls Info Sessions & Full Applications Deadlines

The new dates for the “information session meeting on full application” for 3th Call (FAYOUM) and 4th Call (MINYA) is now on 27 September 2016 at 11.00 a.m. (instead of 7 September, as announced on the Guidelines document). (more…)

LOT 1 Of Call for proposals for GAP in Matrouh is relaunched. Info Day: 28 July in Cairo

5th Call for Proposals for Scaling up Good Agricultural Practices in the Governorate of Matrouh


Deadline for concept note submission is 12 September, 2016

Deadline for full application submission is 20 November, 2016

An information session for applicants will be held on 28 July 2016 at 11.00 am, at Embassy of Italy in Cairo/EU-JRDP – Programme Management Unit office (1081, Corniche El Nil St., 26th Floor, Garden City, Cairo – Egypt)

Information Session Presentation

Clarification N.1

Call for proposals for Minya & Fayoum are now published. II Info Day: 26 July in Cairo

3rd Call for Proposals for Scaling up Good Agricultural Practices in the Governorate of Fayoum

4th Call for Proposals for Scaling up Good Agricultural Practices in the Governorate of Minya

Deadline for concept note submission is 21 August, 2016

Deadline for full application submission is 23 October, 2016

An information session on FAYOUM and MINYA call for proposals will be held on 13 July 2016 at 11.00 am, at Embassy of Italy in Cairo/EU-JRDP – Programme Management Unit office (1081, Corniche El Nil St., 26th Floor, Garden City, Cairo – Egypt).

A second information session on FAYOUM and MINYA call for proposals, mainly focusing on technical aspects, will be held on Tuesday 26th of July 2016 at 11.00 am, at the Embassy of Italy in Cairo/EU-JRDP – Programme Management Unit office (1081, Corniche El Nil St., 26th Floor, Garden City, Cairo – Egypt).

 Information Session for Grant Applicants Presentation 

Clarification FAQ 

2nd Information Session Presentation

Clarification FAQ N.2