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Sara Berlese (UNIDO) • 2018 IFPRI Egypt Seminar: Unleashing the potential of Egyptian farmers


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The IFPRI-Egypt Seminar Series is part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project called “Evaluating Impact and Building Capacity” (EIBC) that is implemented by IFPRI. The seminar supports USAID’s Agribusiness for Rural Development and Increasing Incomes (ARDII) project’s objectives.

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Sara Berlese (UNIDO) • 2018 IFPRI Egypt Seminar: Unleashing the potential of Egyptian farmers

  1. 1. Better opportunities for Egyptian farmers UNIDO Experience in the Egyptian Agribusiness sector
  2. 2. UNIDO PROJECTS 2 16 value chains 22 Governorates 13 clusters 25 New products From cotton seed to clothing
  3. 3. Main Challenges Poverty • 51%of population in rural areas in Upper Egypt is poor • 55% of youth unemployment Land Fragmentation • Average land holding 1 feddan Access to Knowledge •Technical schools •Extension Services Quality • Application of GAPs • Varieties and R&D • Mechanization Market Access • Weak linkages • Limited planning • Limited private sector Value addition •Limited innovation in product and processes •Limited value addition (only 10% of total production)
  4. 4. Main opportunities • Dual seasonality • Excellent geographical location for export markets • Great variety of crops cultivated • Big volumes of production
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  6. 6. Value Chain Development Objectives Development Poverty reduction Employment Food safety Efficiency Economies of Scale Productivity Knowledge and Practices Marketing Linkages with markets Contract farming Business Environment Business Development Services Cooperatives Farmer associations NQI
  7. 7. People
  8. 8. Pesticides applicators National Program
  9. 9. Entrepreneurship curriculum in agricultural schools • Developing soft skills for future farmers • Highlighting job and business opportunities for youth in the agricultural sector : from farming to consulting to adding value coupled with Career Guidance
  10. 10. Profit & Planet
  11. 11. 1111 Greenhouses Triple productivity Double income 25% water 40% pesticide savings Break even within one year Higher quality and higher prices
  12. 12. 12 Value addition & contract farming Simple infrastructure/ equipment Strengthening local communities New source of income for farmers New employment opportunities mostly for women Reducing losses of agro-value chains
  13. 13. 13 Product/service Demand Technology Supply Packaged tomato powder Consumer/ commercial Simple mechanical Agricultural Packaged dried aromatic herbs Commercial Simple mechanical Agricultural Packaged dried mangos Commercial Manufacturing Agricultural Barley production as animal feed Agricultural Manual Agricultural Compost production from agri-waste Agricultural Manual Agricultural Natural aromatic oils (sesame) Consumer/ commercial Simple mechanical Agricultural Packaged natural honey Consumer Manual Agricultural Business opportunities in Luxor Integrated approach with local authorities, private sector and local organizations
  14. 14. Sara Berlese Programme Officer UNIDO Regional Office in Egypt Thank you! ُ‫ش‬ًُ‫ا‬َ‫ر‬‫ْك‬