ADDRESSING THE FOOD SECURITY
As an agriculture based country agri-sector contributes approximately 15% of Egypt’s GDP and absorbs about 30% of the workforce. Half the population lives in rural areas where directly or indirectly their livelihood depends upon agricultural sector. Despite its positive and significant contributions to food security/supply, economy, employment, export earnings, ecological balance, yet the agriculture of the country faces many threats and challenges which, in turn, impacts rural development initiatives. The prominent challenges include:-
Quality of arable land and water issues
Old cultivation techniques
Quality of input and timely input/ output
Crop yield
Crop losses
Role of middle man & finance, and
Lack of agricultural and rural development policies beside many other factor which are directly or indirectly impacting this sector. 
UEG in Egypt is working on a business plan to facilitate farmers maximize their productivity and profitability while also realizing other objectives such as bringing international technology to maximize yields, conserving water resources, setting up a supply chain to reduce wastage of fresh produce and finding new export markets for them. The company is focusing on in-house and 3rd party farming to improve lively hood of farmers with the help of greenhouse farming, water management techniques, quality inputs, advanced farm machinery and farmer’s support initiatives.
187 El Ouroba St., Helipolis, Cairo, Egypt
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