The Embassy of Japan in Egypt and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) have penned a grant agreement worth $3.8 million to support the Egyptian government's efforts to improve agricultural productivity and reinforce water food security, Egyptian International Cooperation Ministry said in a statement on March 10th.

Witnessed by the International Cooperation Minister Rania Al-Mashat, the agreement was signed with the participation of Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sewilam, the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova, the Ambassador of Japan to Cairo Oka Hiroshi, and the FAO’s representative in Egypt Nasr El-Din Haj El-Amin.

Al-Mashat said that this program is expected to enhance development efforts and climate action by dealing with the challenges facing the availability of water in light of climate changes.

The program will also help junior farmers in Upper Egypt and the Nile Delta by introducing solar-powered irrigation infrastructure and pumps as well as modern technologies that bolster the agricultural cycle, she added.

The initiative also includes cooperation with the Japanese Tottori University in dryland farming, the minister noted.

The cooperation between national authorities, the Japanese government, and the FAO is aligned with the state’s directives to achieve integrated development of the Egyptian countryside under the presidential initiative of Hayah Karima, Al-Mashat highlighted.


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