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Sun-dried tomato processing in Nubaria

Based on recommendations from a market assessment and food loss study in 2017 for the tomato value chain in Egypt, sun-dried tomato (SDT) processing was identified as a simple, low-cost and effective method to reduce loss and waste in tomatoes by transforming them into a longer shelf-life product, creating value addition, supporting agribusiness through primary processing in the rural area, and exploring different marketing channels for tomato growers.

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Atlas of date palm in Egypt

The Date Palm is one of earliest crops planted in the ancient world. It is the main source of livelihood for Egyptian farmers and their families. Besides being a source of food and animal fodder and used in trading, it is also utilised in housing construction, furniture manufacturing, home accessories and other personal needs. Date Palms are considered a national wealth, given their economic, social and nutritional and health benefits. Therefore, they must be maintained, conserved and developed since their cultivation contributes to the national domestic income by more than three billion pounds a year.

Nutrition

This poster is part of a series of posters under the awareness raising activity for schools. It discusses two main topics under nutririon: the five main food groups, and the components of a healthy eating plate.

Food Value Chains

This poster is part of a series of posters under the awareness raising activity for schools. It discusses where food comes from and illustrates a food value chain. It also introduces the word: resources and examples of resources used within the value chain.

Food Loss and Waste

This poster is part of a series of posters dedicated to students in schools on the topic of food loss and waste in the NENA region.

FAO Investment Centre. Country Highlights. Egypt: Review of the agrifood cooperative sector
Report No. 36 – May 2019

The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of how cooperatives can contribute to the development of the agricultural sector and rural areas in Egypt and outline enabling policy changes and areas of investment. The primary audience is policy decision-makers, development partners and potential institutional investors in the agricultural sector in Egypt.

Enhancing the Agricultural Cooperatives System in Egypt

Agriculture cooperatives (ACs) in Egypt were established at the beginning of the 20th century as “agricultural cooperative syndicates”. Farmers were brought together to facilitate access to agricultural inputs, improve production and contribute to rural development. However, ACs have faced a series of constraints, as well as knowledge gaps, in all cooperative units, resulting in a decline in their reputation and performance. In this context, the Government of Egypt (GoE) amended the law governing ACs (Law 204/2014) which, for the first time, allowed ACs to create shareholding companies and carry out profit-seeking projects.

Food loss and waste in Egypt

Food loss and waste represents a waste of resources used to produce and distribute food, such as land, water, energy and plants. It also has a serious footprint on the natural resources available in Egypt. Food loss and waste is present in Egypt in all the value chains. In the fact sheet, we will be speaking more on food loss and waste in general and specificially in Egypt through specific value chain projects.

Food loss and waste and value chains
Learning guide

Food Loss and Waste and Food Value Chains - Learning Guide is a guide designed for students (aged 12-15) in secondary schools with the objective of raising awareness on the topics of food value chains, food loss and waste, and nutrition. This is one of two books, the other is dedicated to teachers. This guide helps the students in linking the three topics learned with the activities and content in the guide.

Egypt and FAO
Partnering for sustainable food security and climate change adaptation

The FAO Representation to the Arab Republic of Egypt opened in 1978. Over the years, the Organization has participated in a large range of agricultural and rural development activities targeting Egypt’s specific needs. FAO’s support includes strategy, policy and institutional development, an example being the establishment of an inter-ministerial committee on food security policy to facilitate dialogue, regulatory measures and strategies, good agricultural practices and South-South Cooperation.

The State of Egypt’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture prepared guidelines to assist countries in the preparation of their reports. National Focal Points nominated by the relevant national authorities coordinated the preparation of the reports in their respective countries. The assignment of countries to regions for the purposes of The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture followed the regional groupings used in FAO statistics and for election purposes.

FAO - Egypt Country Programming Framework 2018-2022

The flyer about FAO's Country Programming Framework in Egypt aims at giving a summarized brief about the priority programming areas for Egypt that FAO will focus on during the period from 2018-2022; the amount of funds required to implement these programmes; and the expected outputs of each programme area.

Water harvesting and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for improved livelihood and increased and sustained production in Matrouh rain-fed agricultural areas

The purpose of this brochure is to introduce the Project’s work and its expected outputs. The brochure raises awareness on what FAO is doing with EU’s support to improve the livelihood of the rural poor and enhance the development of rain-fed areas in Marsa Matrouh being one of the important border governorates in Egypt. This brochure introduces the Project’s work and its expected outputs. It highlights the rationale for implementing the Project, its objectives, target groups, and main activities. The brochure raises awareness on what FAO is doing with EU’s support to improve the livelihood of the rural poor and enhance the development of rain-fed areas in Marsa Matrouh as one of the important border governorates in Egypt.

Support sustainable water management and irrigation modernization for newly reclaimed areas

This flyer introduces the project on "Support sustainable water management and irrigation modernization for newly reclaimed areas", its purpose and activities. It will be distributed in workshops, meetings, conferences, etc. Hence, the general public including media would be able to know about the project and will become interested in its activities.

Food Losses and Waste Reduction and Value Chain Development for Food Security in Egypt and Tunisia

Food loss and waste (FLW) along food value chains in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) are estimated to reach 250kg per person and cost over 60 billion USD annually. The social, economic, and environmental impacts are serious for a region that relies heavily on global food imports, has limited potential to increase food production, and faces scarcity of water and arable land. Substantial amounts of FLW occur at all stages of the food supply chain, but roughly two-third occurs during production, handling, processing, and distribution of food, whereas one-third occurs at the consumer-level.The project “Food losses and waste reduction and value chain development in Egypt and Tunisia” funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation aims at reducing FLW throughout selected food value chains, focusing primarily on the post-harvest, trading, and processing stages of the chains.

Global goals, localized action. Celebrating 40 years in Egypt

On the occasion of FAO Egypt's 40th Anniversary, this booklet is produced to highlight FAO's achievements and support to the Egyptian Government over the past 40 years. It will give a glimpse on how FAO started its work in Egypt and will also highlight the main projects that made a difference as well as shed light on the future country programming framework.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for sustainable improvement of quality and quantity of horticultural production of small-scale farmers in Fayoum

The purpose of this brochure is to briefly introduce the Project and inform stakeholders and related entities about the Project's work and its expected outputs. It also aims at raising awareness on what FAO is doing with EU's support to enhance small-scale farmers. This brochure introduces the Project's work and its expected outputs. It highlights the rationale for implementing the Project, its objectives, tareget groups, and main activities. The brochure raises awareness on what FAO is doing with EU's support to enhance small-scale farmers in Fayoum as one of the poorest governorates in Egypt.

Improving household food and nutrition security in Egypt

Improving Household Food and Nutrition Security in Egypt by targeting women and youth is a project that aims at assisting the Government of Egypt in establishing a food-secure environment in which women and youth have access to sufficient and diversified food of both animal and vegetable sources and have the necessary knowledge and skills in the use of food to consume nutritionally adequate diets. The project succeeded in achieving results against its objectives. The factsheet aims at showcasing these results in figures.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Arab Republic of Egypt 2012-2017
Country programme evaluation series - Final Report

Egypt experienced instable political situation during the past years. As a result, its food security was heavily affected. FAO’s programme focused on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition. Enhancing food security also requires addressing socio-economic aspects, particularly the role of women.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Arab Republic of Egypt 2012-2017
Country programme evaluation series - Annexes

Egypt experienced instable political situation during the past years. As a result, its food security was heavily affected. FAO’s programme focused on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition. Enhancing food security also requires addressing socio-economic aspects, particularly the role of women.

Food loss and waste reduction and value chain development for food security in Egypt and Tunisia
Egypt component

The brochures helps in promoting awareness about food loss and waste reduction. It explains the concept of the food loss and waste reduction and value chain development for food security in Egypt and Tunisia with a focus on the Egypt component of the project. It also explains the loss and waste along the value chain stages, the objectives, main activities and stakeholders of the project.

Africa Sustainable Livestock (ASL) 2050 Zoonotic diseases spotlight– Egypt.
The case for an expert elicitation protocol on zoonoses

This brief provides a snapshot of the information system on zoonotic diseases and AMR in Egypt. It then makes the case for implementing an expert elicitation protocol to assemble data on the impact of zoonoses and AMR on society.

Africa Sustainable Livestock (ASL) 2050. The monetary impact of zoonotic diseases on society – Egypt
Evidence from two zoonoses

This brief provides a snapshot of the information system on zoonotic diseases and AMR in Egypt. It then makes the case for implementing an expert elicitation protocol to assemble data on the impact of zoonoses and AMR on society.

ASL2050 Livestock production systems spotlight – Egypt.
Cattle and buffaloes, and poultry sectors

This brief presents a snapshot of bovine (dairy, beef) and poultry meat production systems in Egypt as agreed by key national stakeholders affected by the livestock sector, and notably the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Health.

Mechanized Raised-Bed Irrigation - Production Package
Water Scarcity Initiative (WSI)

Gaps in crop water-productivity and yield of small irrigated fields are estimated to be around 40 percent. To realize higher productivity gains, a package of interventions is required, not just a single one. The synergic combination of advances in affordable technology and optimal management of production factors has proven successful in increasing crop yields and associated farmers’ incomes. Moreover, applied irrigation water amounts are reduced.

Solar powered water lifting for Irrigation in the Nile Delta
Water Scarcity Initiative (WSI)

In the Nile Delta, Egypt, irrigation canals are frequently located below ground level, necessitating the use of pumps to lift water to the fields. This pumping is dependent on the use of fossil fuels, directly with diesel and indirectly with electricity. Recently, the agricultural sector is facing an energy crisis, as increasing electricity demand from urban areas results in frequent shortages and blackouts.