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FAO and Beni Sueif Governor explore expansion of project on Nutrition and Food Security

Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the NENA Region, Sherif Habib, Beni Sueif Governor, Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt and Nabil Gangi, Deputy Regional Representative for the NENA Region.

Cairo, 26 September 2017- Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region, and Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt, met today with Beni Sueif Governor Sherif Habib to explore the expansion of the project “Improving Household Food and Nutrition Security, by targeting Women and Youth.”

The project is currently implemented in Beni Sueif and four other Egyptian governorates, with financial support from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

During his visit to FAO NENA Office, Habib discussed with FAO officials mechanisms to expand the project through the introduction of a management system for micro businesses and food industries in the governorate’s villages.

"Although Egypt succeeded in achieving the millennium development goal on the elimination of hunger, malnutrition remains a key challenge to development in the country," said Ahmed, "as malnutrition exists in both its forms, over- and under-nutrition, the food and nutrition security project provides an opportunity to overcome this challenge and, consequently, reduce the economic and human cost for Egypt."

Habib mentioned, "We seek to expand the food and nutrition security project in the governorate in cooperation with FAO and a number of partners in the public and private sectors in order to improve the economic and technical knowledge of the beneficiaries."

He added, "We hope that FAO will provide the necessary technical and administrative support to expand the project. The expansion plan will be presented to the prime minister as an effort to reduce migration from rural areas to cities, improve children's nutrition and health, increase agricultural production and agro industries and establish a small industrial community."

Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt, said, "In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, FAO is implementing the food and nutrition security project to help the Egyptian Government create a secure food environment. We are ready to provide technical and administrative support for the Beni Sueif Governorate to expand the project and cover more villages to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to food security in the country."

The project is designed to improve the food and nutrition security of the vulnerable by improving the skills of women and youth in food production, small animal husbandry, and other entrepreneurial activities. It also focuses on awareness raising by increasing the beneficiaries’ level of knowledge about nutrition through education and behaviour change. The project revolves around three main strategies: nutritional and healthy behaviour through education and engagement, household food production and income-generating activities and capacity building to improve household food and nutrition security.


26/09/2017

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