Newsletter Volume 35 – April 2024

WELCOME TO ORGANIC EGYPT NEWSLETTER! 

Volume 35

Dear Reader, 

This is volume number 35 of Organic Egypt project newsletter. It reviews our activities in April 2024 and illustrates all interventions conducted with our partners, the Integral Development Action of Minia (IDAM) and the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA).

Eid Mubark! We hope you all had a beautiful and relaxing time.

We hope you enjoy the read!

TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS FOR PARTNER ASSOCIATION

Training on Animal Health

Organic Egypt conducted a three day training for the partner association, EBDA, on animal health for livestock. The first day of the training was an introduction to the best feeding programme for the cattle, focusing on the importance of nutrition and proper feeding techniques for disease prevention. The following two days covered topics such as the common diseases that affect cattle, the training included practical sessions and demonstrations on the farm to gain hands-on experience. Participants also learned about proper claw trimming methods and the importance of regular veterinary check-ups to ensure the overall health and well-being of the animals. The aim of the training was to provide EBDA's engineers with the necessary knowledge to effectively give the best livestock management practices to farmers, ultimately improving the quality of their livestock and increasing their productivity.

NEW INNOVATIVE SERVICES OF OUR PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS

Cattle treatment and claw trimming stand

The Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) finished the establishment of its cattle treatment and claw trimming stand. The claw trimming stand will be used as a demo model to train its engineers as well as the farmers on cattle treatment and claw trimming. This equipment facilitates the process and is safer for the farmer and the animals, reducing the risk of injury and

ensuring a more efficient and effective hoof trimming operation. Additionally, the stand allows for better access to the hooves, resulting in improved overall hoof health for the cattle. The claw trimming stand is a successful development of the cattle health and will have a profound and positive impact on EBDA members cattle health.

TRAINING AND LEARNING MATERIAL CREATED WITH OUR PARTNERS

Recipe Videos for consumer awareness 

Organic Egypt, in cooperation with RDNA Food Store, is producing recipe videos to raise awareness about natural, local, and organic food. This April, RDNA hosted a duck project where they got organically certified ducks in their store and showcased different ways to prepare them in delicious and healthy ways. The first recipe was a roasted whole duck with vegetables, the second was a crispy fried duck with a side of two different sauces. These two recipes were an encouragement for customers to try duck meat and incorporate it into their diets in a variety of ways.

EDUCATIONAL AND AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGNS

Organic Ambassador program in Minia

With the support of the Organic Egypt project, our partner IDAM developed the "Organic Ambassador Programme," a pioneering initiative aimed at uniting rural and urban youth in Minia. Recently, IDAM organized a three-day workshop titled "Principles of Volunteering Work." This workshop delved into the essence of volunteering, emphasizing its transformative power through discussions on its intrinsic rewards, the importance of dialogue in addressing societal challenges, and the cultivation of resilience in overcoming obstacles. Participants emerged from the workshop equipped with the knowledge and motivation to become exemplary volunteers, dedicated to making a positive impact in their community.

NETWORKING ACTIVITIES OF ORGANIC EGYPT PROJECT AND PARTNER

Networking activity with the Catholic Relief Service (CRS)

Organic Egypt and our partner association, the Egyption Biodynamic Association (EBDA), were invited to attend an event with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Egypt. CRS is an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. In Egypt, CRS works to address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, through programs that focus on education, peacebuilding,

livelihoods, and health, fostering compassionate societies and promoting human development. CRS approached the Organic Egypt team in the context of their plan to initiate an agricultural project within their developmental and social activities in Egypt and to upscale organic and sustainable farming practices. CRS expressed their interest in learning about Organic Egypt’s activities and showed their desire to form partnerships and exchange knowledge and experiences regarding environmental and sustainable agriculture. Overall, the event was a good opportunity for collaboration and knowledge exchange.