The PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) initiatives in Egypt have made significant progress in recent years. In January 2020, RDNA, the food community, established the first PGS system in Egypt (Rdna PGS); they conducted various awareness-raising activities to promote this new and beneficial system.
In January 2022, another PGS system, Demeter PGS, was launched, aligning with the international demeter standards. However, the COAE is currently in the process of acquiring accreditation from Demeter International to issue certificates under this system.
In July 2022, Demeter Egypt association (EBDA) developed the EoL PGS standard, which stands for Economy of Love. This comprehensive standard encompasses the environmental, fairness, cultural, and economic dimensions. Demeter Egypt dedicated three years to develop
this holistic standard. The Center of Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE) was authorized to certify the EoL PGS in Egypt. Towards the end of 2022, an agreement was reached with EBDA to merge Rdna PGS with EoL PGS.
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Economy of Love (EoL) is a certification standard, initiated by the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) and inspired by the SEKEM initiative. The standard was developed to support farmers initiating or further improving regenerative, holistic biodynamic agriculture. This standard is the base for the EoL certification that verifies that farmers are complying with the EoL cultural, societal, ecological, and economical requirements and benefit people and the environment while producing their agricultural goods.
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The Report includes some of the presentations conducted at the Agriculture Conference at the Goetheanum in Dornach/Switzerland 2019. The articles were translated by the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA/ Demeter Egypt) with the support of Organic Egypt project to make it available for the stakeholder in Egypt.
The Egyptian Biodynamic Association EBDA is a non-governmental organization which is registered with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Affairs. It was established in 1990 with the aim and vision to promote organic and biodynamic agriculture in Egypt. They support farmers to convert to organic and/or biodynamic agriculture, offer training courses in biodynamic/organic agriculture, provide all required services and advice for the farms to be inspected by international auditors, coordinate applied research projects, cooperate with similar international authorities and organizations, provide marketing services to their members, and administrate the private trademark DEMETER for biodynamic products in Egypt. For more information on EBDA, please refer to www.ebdaegypt.org
Organic Egypt is The Project “Organic Egypt” was launched in 2018 for a duration of 6 years to develop and enrich the organic agriculture sector in Egypt. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the objective to increase the competitiveness of organic growers and processors in Egypt. Organic Egypt is implemented by the German partner “Educational Institute of the Bavarian Industry” (bbw gGmbH) and the “Partner of German Business” (sequa gGmbH).