Cairo- Representatives from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Water Challenge (GWC), administrative partner of The Coca-Cola Foundation, visited several activities for the sustainable agriculture program which is part of ENID project implemented by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and UNDP. The program is funded by the New World Program (NWP) and a new model for using recycled agricultural residues through innovative and energy-saving protected agriculture in order to improve water management in Upper Egypt.
The project introduces a nexus approach to improve water management through water saving, energy saving and food security while depending on the recycling of agricultural residues to value-added products such as compost and non-traditional feed.
UNDP Programme Analyst Mai Abdel Rahman said “Today we see a remarkable change on the ground. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this model will use the best practices to create this nexus which will empower women and youth in Upper Egypt, improve their livelihoods, and ultimately combat poverty by providing employment opportunities and enhancing awareness. With our successful partnership with the NWP we will continue to provide all the support needed.”
GWC New World Program Manager Victoria Phillips added “It is fantastic to see the great work that UNDP has been able to accomplish under ENID project. New World is proud to support UNDP and ENID as they strive to improve the livelihoods of all community members reached through their projects. With all the success to date, I can only imagine what they will have managed to achieve 10 years from now!” Moreover, "The Coca-Cola Foundation supports projects through New World Program that focuses on driving progress against the SDGs in the areas of WASH, youth and women’s empowerment, and climate resilience across Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa. GWC serves as administrator for the NWP, which is our primary role in the partnership" mentioned Phillips.
The delegation also visited with Dr. Dyaa Abdou director of the “Sustainable Agriculture Program” new farm that includes two interrelated projects for recycling banana residues and also area in El Zahalig village used to establish an integrated model for water saving and includes a solar energy unit, water desalination unit, modern greenhouse model equipped with a hydroponics system, fish production, recycling of residues, use of brine for cultivation of quinoa, and capacity building for farmers, youth and women.