Rooftop gardens, West Aswan, Egypt.

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

Rooftop kitchen gardens in West Aswan, Egypt.

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

Hwida and her Kitchen Garden, village of Eqleet, Aswan, Egypt.

AKDN / Gary Otte

Eqleet farm, Aswan, Egypt.

AKDN / Gary Otte

Eqleet farm, Aswan, Egypt.

AKDN / Gary Otte

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Egypt | Agriculture and Food Security - Om Habibeh Foundation


Over 6,000 farmers have learned improved farming techniques

The programme improves the productivity, market access and agricultural knowledge and capacities of smallholder farmers in Aswan. We train farmers on new irrigation methodologies and other environmentally sound farming techniques which reduce agricultural production losses. Training also includes how to implement modern irrigation demo-plots, how to produce compost piles, how to cultivate crops to reduce water use and how to use organic fertilisers and pheromones. The programme supports the creation of an enabling environment for agricultural economic activities within the local villages where it operates. It aims to generate additional income for farming communities while improving the nutritional intake of families.

The programme also supports the establishment of agriculture committees, which consist of local civil society organisations and government authorities. Working with governmental entities helps to ensure effective water use and sharing of irrigation water.

We reach farmers through advocacy workshops, building bridges with local government bodies in Aswan, and farming technique seminars on topics such as:

  • composting methods;

  • alternative vegetable cultivation;

  • biological controls;

  • applicable protected cultivation techniques; and

  • perforated pipes.

The programme has contributed significantly to the inclusion of Egyptian female farmers in the agriculture industry. Female board members have been included in agricultural civil societies and corporates for the first time. More women are becoming proactively involved in the local economy and agricultural sector through home-based kitchen gardens and rooftop gardens that the programme has helped them establish. The ability to produce vegetables for their families has led to increased household income and improved family nutrition. The initiative strives to continue supporting this unprecedented participation of female citizens in programme activities.

To date the programme has:

  • trained over 6,000 farmers on improved farming techniques;

  • supplied agricultural inputs including seven tractors, four seed nursing units and one wheat seed outlet;

  • introduced five new crops; and

  • supported the development of an improved agricultural supply chain by establishing six outlets for purchasing of agricultural inputs and 10 produce collection points for the local farmers.