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Rural Development Programme

European Union - Joint Rural Development Programme (EU-JRDP)

Title European Union- Joint Rural Development Programme under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) initiative in Egypt
Beneficiary Country Arab Republic of Egypt
Hosting Institutions Ministry of International Cooperation
Budget Heading European Neighborhood and Partnership financial cooperation with MED Countries
Total Cost € 38M Total Estimated Cost = € 27M EU Contribution to
+ € 11M Parallel co-financing
by the Italian MFAIC
Aid Method/Management Modality Programme Approach: Non-Decentralized Management
  • The Rural Development Component will be implemented via indirect centralized management with the Italian Cooperation/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation (MFAIC)
  • The Demining Action Component will be implemented via joint management with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duration 58
Starting from December 2014

Expected Impact

The overall objective is to improve the quality of life of the people living in the rural areas of three Governorates of Egypt (Matrouh, Minya and Fayoum), with the focus on the sustainable management of territorial resources. The specific objectives are:
  • To increase sustainable agricultural production by managing water resources more effectively and adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
  • To improve rural livelihoods by promoting income-generating activities (agricultural/non-agricultural) and making best use of local resources.

Expected Results in Matrouh, Minya and Fayoum Governorates:

  • Agricultural production enhanced and income of targeted communities improved through the introduction and dissemination of Good Agricultural Practices;
  • Institutional and technical capacity of rural communities enhanced.
  • Agricultural associations and cooperatives promoted with special focus on women, in order to provide efficient services to farmers and non-farmers.

Expected Results In Minya and Fayoum Governorates:

  • Irrigation infrastructures and efficiency improved, through rehabilitation of irrigation schemes and minimizing water wasting and excessive water utilization.

Expected Results In Matrouh Governorate:

  • Water harvesting schemes rehabilitated and/or constructed;
  • Forage accessibility improved, local breed of sheep enhanced, geographical indication products developed.

Expected Results in Fayoum Governorate:

  • Local Action Groups created, archaeological sites enhanced and eco-tourism facilities created;
  • Final stakeholders trained in both agriculture and non-agriculture sectors (e.g. eco-tourism and handicraft) and demonstration plots established.

Where We Work?

  • The Main Office of the Programme Management Unit (PMU) is set up in Cairo
  • The 3 Regional Offices of sub-Programme Management Unit (sPMU) will be in each Governorates (Matrouh, Minya and Fayoum)
The role of the three Regional Offices is extremely important to guarantee the correct implementation and supervision of the operational activities of the Programme at the local level.

Programme Management

The Programme is based on a non-decentralized management approach. The Programme will be implemented via indirect centralized management with the Italian Cooperation (Direzione Generale Cooperazione allo Sviluppo – Ministero Affari Esteri – Italia), through a Delegation Agreement with the European Commission (EC- European Union Delegation to Egypt). The technical and administrative management of the Programme will be assured through a central Programme Management Unit (PMU), established in Cairo, and 3 Regional Management Units (Regional PMUs) based in each Governorate of intervention. The PMU will be responsible of ensuring the correct implementation of all operational activities of the Programme and ensuring the coordination and full involvement of all concerned stakeholders, to harmonize the entire operational activities of the Programme. The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) is the Egyptian lead partner  and will facilitate and coordinate relation between the PMU and other stakeholders. A Steering Committee (SC) will be created with full authority and responsibility for the overall coordination and guidance of the Programme and will be chaired by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. In each Governorate (Matrouh, Minya and Fayoum) a Local Committee will be set up (representatives of Governorates and local communities…) by the Steering Committee to ensure proper coordination between the local actors.