Newsletter Volume 30 – November 2023

WELCOME TO ORGANIC EGYPT NEWSLETTER! 

Volume 30

Dear Reader, 

This is volume number 30 of Organic Egypt project newsletter. It reviews our activities in November 2023 and illustrates all interventions conducted with our partners, the Integral Development Action of Minia (IDAM) and Demeter Egypt (EBDA).

We hope you enjoy the read!

TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS FOR PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS

Training on ERPnext application

Organic Egypt project conducted a one-day training session for the extension engineers of the partner association EBDA. The training focused on how to use ERPnext, a software platform that helps to manage and inspect organic farms. The engineers learned how to create a farm map that shows the types of crops, their locations and sizes,

the compost piles, the animal housing, and the storage facilities on the farm. The farm map is a useful tool to monitor the compliance with organic standards and to plan the crop rotation and fertilization. The training was part of the project’s activities to enhance the capacity and skills of the partner associations

Training on Organic plant disease management 

A Two-day training on organic plant disease management was organized for 18 engineers and facilitators of the partner association IDAM. The training is part of the one year-long organic agricultural extension diploma program developed by Organic Egypt, covering crucial topics in organic agriculture. This program aims to empower professionals in organic agriculture and promote sustainable practices in the field. The trainer presented the most common diseases that may infect crops and how they can be controlled in a safe and natural way, without using chemical pesticides. 

The training was very helpful in strengthening their understanding of the concepts taught, and many participants mentioned that they found practical information adding new skills in plant disease diagnosis and knowledge.

NEW INNOVATIVE SERVICES OF OUR PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS

Economy of Love Carbon Credit (EoL CC) - Updates

We're thrilled to announce that EoL will continue its involvement at COP28 through the Future Economy Forum, in collaboration with NOW Partners! 

At this influential summit, EoL remains committed to promoting Whole System Carbon Credits,

to promoting Whole System Carbon Credits, ocusing on high-quality, high-integrity carbon credits that benefit climate, biodiversity, soil health, human well-being, and smallholder farmers' socioeconomic conditions. focusing on high-quality, high-integrity carbon credits that benefit climate, biodiversity, soil health, human well-being, and smallholder farmers' socioeconomic conditions.

Building on the success of COP27 Solutions Events, our forthcoming participation involves a comprehensive 12-day program. 

Together with our international allies, we'll facilitate solutions-oriented innovation labs, dialogues, and summits. Our goal is to cultivate deep connections and collaborations aimed at driving regenerative outcomes.

TRAINING AND LEARNING MATERIAL CREATED WITH OUR PARTNERS

Translation of the Book “The Secrets of Miss Honeybee” into arabic language

Organic Egypt is translating a book called "The Secrets of Miss Honeybee" into the Arabic language to be accessible for anyone to read. The book aims to educate readers about the importance of bees in our ecosystem and promote sustainable beekeeping practices. Through this translation, we seek to spread awareness about the vital role bees play in pollination and inspire more people to protect these incredible creatures. The book is translated into a simple Arabic native language and is adapted to the Egyptian conditions.

Recipe Videos for consumer awareness

Organic Egypt in cooperation with RDNA Food store, is producing recipe videos to raise awareness on natural, local and organic food. This month, four different Palestine recipes were released that show the diverse culinary traditions of Palestine. They included "Moba'thara" or "Mafraka," "Mosakhan," Palestinian "Freekeh soup," and "Fenugreek cake." All of these recipes provide unique flavors and are full of essential nutrients, and each recipe holds significant and historical importance, reflecting the traditions of Palestinian cuisine.

ORGANIC EGYPT AS A SUSTAINABLE ENTITY

Strategic Planning Workshop

Organic Egypt conducted a strategic planning workshop for two days to develop a clear roadmap for the foundation's future success. On the first day of the workshop, we come together to analyze the current state of the foundation, identifying the vision and mission. Our consultant, Dr. Hassan Aboubakr guided us in exploring innovative approaches and identifying potential growth opportunities in the organic farming sector in Egypt.

On the second day of the workshop, we identified our values and how they align with our goals, ensuring that our strategies are in line with our core principles. The first two workshop days helped us to share an understanding of our direction and promote alignment among team members to empower us to work towards a common vision. In the coming weeks, we will work on a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to allow us to identify areas where we could leverage our strengths and opportunities while also addressing any weaknesses or threats that may hinder our progress towards achieving our goals.

NETWORKING ACTIVITIES OF ORGANIC EGYPT PROJECT AND PARTNERS

Attending an Exhibition for Organic Input Supplies

The Organic Egypt team participated in an exhibition for organic input supplies in cooperation with its partner association EBDA and the Heliopolis University. The exhibition was implemented in the framework of the North African Knowledge Hub project and was held at Heliopolis University (HU). The exhibition was attended by around 4000 participants from all over Egypt, including farmers, researchers, and industry professionals who are interested in finding supplies and resources.  The attendees were eager to exchange knowledge and experiences and the exhibition provided space for over 50 exhibitors of suppliers and manufacturers to demonstrate their organic products, ranging from seeds, organic fertilizers, pest management solutions, to farm equipment, tools, and machinery specifically designed for organic farming practices.