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SFSD Participates in the ENID 3rd Annual Conference in Luxor

SFSD allocated up to LE 8 million, about 28% of the total budget, to fund the sustainable agricultural development component, with the aim of creating 1000 job opportunities to young men and women in farming and agro-processing for new products on desert, organic, and fish farming related activities, and recycling agricultural residues. The project also supports small scale farmers through Farmers Field Schools (FFS) that provide sessions, livestock caravans and specialized training for extension staff focusing on yield enhancement as well as post-harvest loss reduction for priority crops.

 

SFSD participated in the 3rd annual conference of The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) that took place on Saturday, 13 February 2016, in Luxor, under the theme of “The Role of Women in Sustainable Rural Development”.

The event brought together more than 300 participants, including Mrs. Yousriya- Loza Sawiris, SFSD Founder and Secretary General, Dr. Heba Handoussa, Managing Director of ENID, Mrs. Anita Nirody, the United Nations Development Program resident representative in Egypt, Mrs. Maya Morsy, the head of the National Council for Women (NCW), in addition to local NGOs, representatives from the villages of Qena, as well as a number of international donors.

The main goal of the conference was to present and discuss the most important achievements of ENID’s areas of activity, and share the lessons learned with local and international partners. It was also an opportunity to discuss the social and economic conditions of rural women in Upper Egypt to find innovative solutions to empower women and promote gender equality. Over the past 3 years, the ENID initiative has succeeded in creating jobs through its micro and small enterprises programs in the fields of handicrafts, readymade garments and agricultural waste recycling. These programs have reached more than 4,000 beneficiaries from 45 villages in Qena governorate, including 12 of the poorest villages in Egypt.

This 5 year initiative was launched in 2012, with a total budget of LE 28.5 million. The ENID program covers three major components including upgrading basic services in rural Upper Egypt; promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); and sustainable agricultural development and off-farm Employment. SFSD allocated up to LE 8 million, about 28% of the total budget, to fund the sustainable agricultural development component, with the aim of creating 1000 job opportunities to young men and women in farming and agro-processing for new products on desert, organic, and fish farming related activities, and recycling agricultural residues. The project also supports small scale farmers through Farmers Field Schools (FFS) that provide sessions, livestock caravans and specialized training for extension staff focusing on yield enhancement as well as post-harvest loss reduction for priority crops.