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USAID starts farm productivity project in Egypt

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has launched a US$37mn project to enhance productivity across Egypt’s entire agricultural value chain, beginning on the farm and extending to when products reach consumers

The “Feed the Future” project aims to help farmers in upper Egypt become more self-reliant and grow marketable crops for export that meet international standards.

Egyptian farmers and food processors are expected to establish connections to domestic and international markets, gain access to financing and increase their compliance to food and safety standards.

The project further helps agribusinesses modernise food technology and delivery systems by upgrading processing facilities, refrigeration trucks and water-efficient irrigation systems.

Speaking in Esna, Mark Green said, “At USAID, helping our partners to improve agricultural productivity is one of our highest priorities, because advancing food security is an essential path to prosperity and self-reliance.”