In the village of Al-Shahama in the Edfu center in Aswan, farmer Saadia Mohamed participated for the first time in field school, designed to teach her climate-smart agriculture practices. The new techniques helped her increase her crop production and adapt to climate change.
The field school is part of the Crop and Livestock Productivity Improvement Project (CELL), which was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2015 with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Global Environment Facility, to help Egyptian farmers. It was designed to teach smallholders to promote climate-smart agricultural practices in four governorates: Kafr El-Sheikh, Beni Suef, Minya, and Aswan, with total funding amounting to US$94.6 million.
During a press conference on Sunday, November 26, FAO announced the conclusion of the project, which aimed to improve agricultural production and raise the efficiency of agricultural productivity for 3,440 smallholders from marginalized rural families, through the establishment and effective implementation of farmer field schools to promote innovative methods practices.
The COP28 Conference of the Parties is greatly concerned with the issue of climate-smart agriculture and the sustainability of food systems, and this subject also occupies great interest among the discussions currently taking place in Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This is a summary. Read the full piece in Arabic on Al Ain's website.
The story was produced as part of the COP28 Climate Change Media Partnership Reporting Fellowship co-organized by the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Arabic in Al Ain on 29 November 2023. It has been translated to English and lightly edited for length and clarity.
Banner image: Farmer Saadia Mohamed shares her experience with the field school / Credit: Al Ain News.