FAO in Egypt

The Project for Enhancement of Agricultural Productivity

“The Project for Enhancement of Agricultural Productivity” has been launched to contribute to reducing rural poverty and building resilience of vulnerable farming families in the Upper Egypt and Nile Delta Regions of Egypt through improving the utilization of water for agriculture as well as increasing agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers, raising incomes and creating economic opportunities for poor rural households in three selected governorates; Menia, Qena and Kafr ElShiekh. 

The project is implemented by FAO Egypt in cooperation with Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) as lead government agency; with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) and technical assistance and partnership from Tottori University (TU), Japan, National Water Resource Center (NWRC), Regional Center for training and water studies (RCTWS), as well as International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). 

The project aims to:

  • Increase the efficiency of water use by smallholder farmers by at least 20 percent.
  • Increase crop yields by between ten and 20 percent.
  • Increase household income by at least 20 percent.

Expected results (outputs)

  1. Increased crop yields per unit of irrigation water used over time.
  2. improved income generation in selected Haya Karima villages of Minya, Qena and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates through the demonstration and upscaling of tested and validated modern irrigation technologies and CSWM practices.


  • Smallholder men and women.
  • Unemployed and unskilled workers.
  • Rural women.
  • Men and women leaders and members of agricultural co-operatives, farmers’ associations, CDAs and women’s groups and micro and small-sized enterprise.

Main highlights (significant achievements)

  • 22 Farmer field schools have been conducted and completed in the 3 governorates on modern irrigation for different crops.

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