Innovations for Agricultural Development in Egypt

Start Date
July 20, 2019
20 June 2019. Cairo, Egypt. IFPRI Egypt - World Bank seminar| "Innovations for Agricultural Development in Egypt"

Organised in the framework of the Egypt Strategy Support Program of IFPRI in collaboration with ICARDA.
This seminar focused on innovation in agriculture in pursuit of sustainable development. It highlighted how digital technologies can be used to:
  • raise the efficiency of the agricultural sector and improve extension services and 
  • help attain the strategic objectives of Egypt’s Vision 2030. 
A combination of key domestic reforms and rapid technological advances at the global level have opened a tremendous window of opportunity for Egypt’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Currently, these sectors contribute to 25% of Egypt’s GDP and use 86% of the country’s water resources. To keep up with its growing domestic market, and to realize its untapped export potential, Egypt will need to become a highly efficient agricultural producer and supplier.

Digital technologies have significant potential to improve efficiency, equity, and environmental sustainability throughout the food system. They can: significantly reduce the costs of linking sellers and buyers; reduce inequalities in access to information, knowledge, technologies, and markets; help farmers make more precise decisions on resource management by providing, processing, and analyzing an increasing amount of data faster; and potentially reduce scale economies in agriculture, thereby making small-scale producers more competitive.

Panelists showcased practical solutions from Egypt and other countries, and discussed the investments and policies required to better link farmers to markets.
  • Fatma El Zahraa Aglan Agricultural Specialist, The World Bank - See Slides
  • Carlo Rossotto Lead Digital Development Specialist, The World Bank See Slides
  • Seif El Dine Seif El Nasr, Financial Analyst, Central Bank of Egypt
  • David Spielman Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI - See Slides
  • Dorra Fiani Managing Director, Knowledge Economy Foundation Egypt - See Slides
  • Sahar Zayan, Agricultural Research Center (ARC) Egypt - See Slides
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