The ultimate objective of the agriculture and natural resources program is to improve the socio-economic conditions of smallholder farmers through enhancing their productivity and creating economic opportunities.
The program undertakes the value chain approach to help in identifying the challenges faced in the agriculture sector in Egypt.
Milk Collection Communities (MCCs) is the program’s flagship project that fosters the value chain approach.
CARE created a model for inclusive value chains with Danone Ecosystem.
The project emphasizes on the empowerment of the rural community through dairy value chain in which it has an economic impact of increasing the incomes of smallholder farmers.
The project’s intervention includes not only the milk collectors that supply the MCC but also traders, wholesalers, and agricultural cooperatives.
The project has succeeded to reach 15188 beneficiaries in Upper Egypt and Delta governorates. Household income has increased around 10 LE/day on average, and 123 employment opportunities have been created in 13 MCCs over the span of 3 years (2014-2017).
Promoting Women’s Employment by Creating Safe Workplaces is a USAID’s funded project that aims at reinforcing the role of women in agribusiness firms and its related value chains in Upper Egypt.
The program targets women working in agribusiness firms to assist them to reposition themselves as women-friendly workplaces, reinforcing policies and attitudes.
The project has a record of achievements since its inception in 2016
1. 915 females performed plays in the interactive theatre to create social and behavioral change pertaining to attitudes towards gender-norms and gender-based violence.
2. 531 women laborers have been trained to develop their skills and raising their technical capabilities.
3. Post-harvest trainings have been delivered to 503 women laborers.
4. Eight labor committees were established inside firms as method to ensure good governance.