The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

20 June 2019. Cairo, Egypt. IFPRI Egypt – World Bank seminar| “Innovations for Agricultural Development in Egypt”

This seminar focused on innovation in agriculture in pursuit of sustainable development. It highlighted how digital technologies can be used to:

  1. raise the efficiency of the agricultural sector and improve extension services and 
  2. help attain the strategic objectives of Egypt’s Vision 2030. 

Panelists also showcased practical solutions from Egypt and other countries, and discussed the investments and policies required to better link farmers to markets.

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24 June 2019. Launch of “AgriRowad”: Egypt ‘s Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Digital Platform.

Objectives:

  •  Provide a forum for learning and training in order to foster users and practitioners’ capacity. 
  • Generating knowledge, networking to build the SMEs capacity to engage in evidence-based approach; 
  • Support different stakeholders in embedding business inclusion and value chain approach more strategically in their operations; 
  • Draw on the experience, knowledge, and resources of external partners to enable the AGRIROWAD to scale up its engagement in this area. 
  • To support agribusiness SMEs developing their business ideas through business model templates 
  • Develop a unified electronic application for funding Agribusiness SMEs 
  • Connect the agribusiness SMEs with key stakeholders in the Supply chains 
  • Connect different training services, connecting the needs of the agricultural labor market with training service providers.

Speakers: 

  • Importance of promoting entrepreneurs and start-ups in the agribusiness sector – H.E. Laurens Westhoff (see picture, left), Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Linking agriculture research to business – Dr. Mohamed Soliman (see picture right), Chairman Agricultural Research Center /ARC
  • Access to finance for agribusiness entrepreneurs and start-ups – Dr. Tamer Salah Gomaa (see picture middle), Vice Chairman Agriculture Bank of Egypt/ABE
  • Presentation of AgriRowad, Egypt’s Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Platform – Ms. Dorra Fiani, Managing Director KSD/ Bashaier Networks 

Access to research and technology for agribusiness entrepreneurs and start-ups

Panel discussion moderated by Ms. Fatma Sirry CEO Enactus Egypt, with:

Eng. Hanan Elhadary, Head of Industrial Council for Technology and Innovation/ MOTI
Dr. Wafaa Haggag, Head of Agricultural and Biological Research Division/ NRC
Dr. Attwa Ahmed Attwa, Director Technology Marketing Center/ ARC

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25 June 2019. Cairo, Egypt. Food Technology in Supporting Entrepreneurs of Food Manufacturing
Sectors through the Lens of Egypt Vision 2030. Organised by the National Research Center (NRC) Cairo-Dokki
Extract of the programme:

  • Smaller unit for a larger economy: MSMEs and Egypt 2030 vision Prof. Dr. Zahra S. AHMED Dr.Ing Head of Food Technology Department
  • National Food Safety Authority NFSA: Shaping the future of food industry Prof. Dr. Hussein MANSOUR (see picture), Head of National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)
  • Donor support to youth agribusiness: Right assumptions? Mr. Francois Stepman (see picture) Communication Specialist The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

  • Introducing Land O’Lakes in Egypt. Farmer to Farmer program, Food safety and quality (F2F) Land O’Lakes International development Mr. Hosam HABIB Land O’Lakes Country Director
  • Value added sustainable agriculture and agribusinesses; the opportunities to be capturedProf. Dr. Ahmed HUZAYYIN (see picture) Cleantech Arabia and Chemonics Egypt


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