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Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) / Rural Development and Off-farm Employment

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
UNDP.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The United Nations for women.

The British Department for International Development

EGYPTIAN PARTNERS
The Local Development Ministry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ENID

The Social Contract Center.

Qena governorate.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
Qena Governorate.

PROJECT DURATION
Five years, as of April 2012.

SAWIRIS CONTRIBUTION
LE 7,870,917.

OBJECTIVES
The SFSD project “Rural Development and Off-farm Employment,” aims to introduce agricultural interventions to raise productivity and generate off-farm employment in the Governorate of Qena. The  project has 3 major objectives:

Integrated rural development, with a focus on income generating activities and off-farm employment, to simultaneously face the challenges of food and nutrition security.

Raising the quality and effectiveness of extension services in traditional crops, as well as designing new and effective means of technical assistance in the value-added agricultural chain for domestic and export marketing.

Introducing environment-friendly and energy and water-efficient modes of irrigation and mechanization as well as Developing and advocating for viable institutional arrangement to reintroduce cooperatives for farmers and off-farm economic activities.

The SFSD aims to provide 500 employment opportunities to young men and women in Qena in farming and agro-processing for new products, on desert farming related activities in the pilot farms, on organic farming and recycling of farm residues activities and on fish farming. By the end of the project, there will be more than 1,000 young men and women trained and well-informed about different aspects of sustainable agricultural and rural development and ready to share their experiences and acquired knowledge with at least 2,000 other farmers in their communities.

STATUS
Ongoing.

In an effort to meet the economic challenges encountered in Egypt’s post-revolution era, and to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, the Sawiris Foundation signed a partnership agreement on April 12 with the UNDP and a number of international organizations including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the United Nations for women, and the British Department for International Development to implement a range of development projects in Upper Egypt.

The five-year partnership, comes under an overall project entitled “Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID),” funded at a total value of LE 28.250 million.

ENID aims to create a viable process for the identification of problem areas and for the dissemination of solutions to selected national problems in an integrated process. The ENID project includes five major components, each of which has the potential to impact significantly on poverty reduction. These are:

  • Empowerment of Women and Youth
  • Promoting MSMEs and Entrepreneurship
  • Rural Development and Off-farm Employment
  • Upgrading Basic Services in Rural Upper Egypt
  • Administrative and Fiscal Decentralization


The SFSD will fund component C, “Rural Development and Off-farm Employment,” to introduce agricultural interventions to raise productivity and generate off-farm employment in the Governorate of Qena. SFSD project, funded at a total value of LE 7.800 million, has 3 major objectives:

  1. Integrated rural development, with a focus on income generating activities and off-farm employment, to simultaneously face the challenges of food and nutrition security.
  2. Raising the quality and effectiveness of extension services in traditional crops, as well as designing new and effective means of technical assistance in the value-added agricultural chain for domestic and export marketing.
  3. Introducing environment-friendly and energy and water-efficient modes of irrigation and mechanization as well as Developing and advocating for viable institutional arrangement to reintroduce cooperatives for farmers and off-farm economic activities.

The SFSD aims to provide 500 employment opportunities to young men and women in Qena in farming and agro-processing for new products, on desert farming related activities in the pilot farms, on organic farming and recycling of farm residues activities and on fish farming.

“By the end of the project, there will be more than 1,000 young men and women trained and well-informed about different aspects of sustainable agricultural and rural development and ready to share their experiences and acquired knowledge with at least 2,000 other farmers in their communities”.

What the ENID five priority areas have in common is that they target an estimated 70% of Egypt’s poor and ultra-poor. The five areas are interlinked such that they all contribute to meeting the objective of the MDGs, including poverty reduction and employment creation, raising the health and education profile of women and children, and providing basic social services, housing and infrastructure in an increasingly environmentally-sustainable direction.

In addition to the five areas of focus, the ENID initiative will develop four ENID tools: documentation; monitoring and evaluation; a knowledge platform; and dissemination, advocacy and communication.  The ENID tools may be seen as sub-project components and include collation of relevant work and creation of a projects and programs data-base, assessment of interventions, production of extension service manuals, and development of effective advocacy tools to guide policy directions of government and other stakeholders.