Goal Reached! Egyptian Farmers to Receive Gift of Technology and Education
ACDI/VOCA’s Generous Community Stepped Up to Help Fight Poverty in Egypt
Good news! Through generosity from donors like you, the “Plant the Seed of Technology” reached its goal of raising $15,000 to provide farming families access to modern, locally sourced technology.
“A hearty thank-you to everyone who generously contributed to this campaign and helped to make this happen,” said Diana Roach, senior director of volunteer programs.
Equipment and Materials in Process of Being Purchased Now
Our staff is working now on purchasing the local materials and equipment to build the commercial greenhouse, which will be a teaching model for the Wadi Nukra farming community in Egypt’s Aswan region. The funds will also purchase equipment, including seed trays, seeding machine, and irrigation system, to properly outfit the new greenhouse.
Volunteer Expert to Conduct Training for Farming Families
ACDI/VOCA volunteer Dave Adams will travel to Egypt to provide technical training on the greenhouse’s construction and maintenance to the local farming families so they can make the most of the equipment and care for its maintenance. His visit will be made possible with the help of funding through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program.
Adams will also conduct training on greenhouse vegetable production for the farmers’ association of the community.
“If Dave’s name seems familiar it probably is,” Roach said. “He is a longtime ACDI/VOCA volunteer and has completed over 40 volunteer assignments for us in the past 20 years.”
In fact, Adams conducted the assignment related to our successful Greenest Gift campaign in Kenya.
Local, Sustainable Impact
Wadi Nukra is located in a remote and impoverished area of Upper Egypt with little infrastructure. This gift of technology and specialized training will help local farming families to grow more food and earn more money in a sustainable way.
ACDI/VOCA’s agricultural experts in Egypt anticipate that with the high-tech equipment and expert training will help this community become a leading producer of tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, eggplant and more.
Building Local Agriculture Capacity
In this region, seedlings are typically only found in certain villages, which are far removed from many of the farmers who need them. The seedlings have to be transported over long distances, which can weaken them and make them vulnerable to disease and damage.
With a new greenhouse in their community, farmers will finally have the ability to produce their own seedlings, saving time and allowing them to devote precious resources to their own farms. This facility will significantly reduce losses, save money and contribute to higher harvest yields. It will also give farmers independence to oversee and control the entire growing process.
Better Food Security, Improved Nutrition
The new custom-built, made-in-Egypt greenhouse and modern agricultural tools—made possible by your contributions—will become a demonstration model for the entire Wadi Nukra community, allowing farmers to gain the knowledge, opportunities and choices they need to live better lives:
- Greater food security for the community
- Higher incomes and stronger local capacity
- Education opportunities for farmers
The greenhouse will dramatically improve the area’s food security and nutritional options by enabling longer growing seasons, even during the hottest, most arid seasons. Farmers, many of them women, will be able to grow and sell a wider variety of crops. They will also have a wider array of foods to eat, providing the village members with better nutrition.
Educational Model to Spread Knowledge
The greenhouse will serve as an educational facility for the community, showing other local farmers and their families how greenhouse technology and improved practices can benefit their farms.
Donations are made through ACDI/VOCA’s VOCA Fund. ACDI/VOCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
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