High-level IFAD delegation to visit farmers and review progress of rural development projects in Egypt

IFAD delegation to meet Egyptian Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of International Cooperation

A high-level delegation comprising members of the Executive Board and senior staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) began a week-long official visit to Egypt to observe the impact of IFAD’s investments in the country.

The delegates are representatives of Argentina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany and Nigeria.

“We are proud of our strategic and highly productive partnership with Egypt which marks four decades of a successful model of cooperation aimed at reducing poverty, tackling food insecurity and contributing to resilience and improvement. livelihoods of over eight million rural people, ”said Dina. Saleh, IFAD Regional Director for the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia and Europe Division.

“The contributions of our Member States are crucial to pursue our common goals by supporting rural people, developing rural economies and investing effectively in programs that will help countries end poverty by 2030 as part of their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “she added.

The IFAD delegation will visit IFAD-supported projects in Egypt and meet with community members and family farmers in Noubaria, Kafr El Sheik and Amreya to examine the impact of the projects on people’s livelihoods and discuss the challenges. they are facing.

Agriculture is a key sector of the Egyptian economy, providing livelihoods for 57% of the population and directly employing around 26% of the workforce. Agriculture is a vital source of exports and foreign exchange for export earnings. The Egyptian economy has proven to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic with a positive GDP growth rate in 2020.

The delegation also plans to meet the Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, the Minister of Agriculture and Land Development, El-Sayed El-Quseir and the Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat.

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