Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources inked on Thursday three agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to carry out development projects funded by the Netherlands and Japan.
The agreements came to support Egypt’s efforts by upgrading irrigation systems, enhancing water productivity in agriculture, improving food security, increasing crop productivity, and increasing farmers’ income.
The first project aims to survey the productivity of land and water resources via remote sensing. It is the second phase of a project developed in partnership with the government of the Netherlands.
The second project focuses on increasing water productivity for agriculture and is being developed by the Japanese government.
While the third deal aims to modernise irrigation techniques to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt in partnership with the Dutch government.
The three agreements contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals and overcome the challenges faced by Egypt due to its limited water resources and decline in per capita water share.