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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


EU-JRDP showcases in the EU & Egypt Partners in Development

EU-JRDP showcased in the EU & Egypt Partners in Development which was held by the European Union (EU) celebrating development partnership with Egypt in the Egyptian Museum on Monday 30th of May 2016. (more…)

DRC Signs Direct Award for the Rehabilitation of Existing and New Wadis in Matrouh

In a further step towards rural development through water harvesting and wadi development, the Programme together with the Desert Research Center (DRC), Egypt signed the direct award contract of the Rehabilitation of New and Existing Wadis in the Governorate of Matrouh on Wednesday 11th of May 2016. (more…)