On February 13th, staff members from the Americam University in Cairo and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development met on HU’s campus to discuss AUC’s Graduate Programs in Sustainable Development with an audience of prospective students: This meeting served as a stepping stone towards achieving DeVilag’s second Work Package.
In line with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this project views a lever of social and economic development for rural areas and, consequently, a means of reducing the number of people seeking to leave the countryside or their countries due to the lack of attractive prospects. Therefore, the main aim of this project is to support the Egyptian rural-community with the necessary qualified graduates and university expertise to improve agricultural productivity, enable more sustainable food production, develop the poor villages, enhance farmers’ income and their living conditions to prevent migration to cities or beyond. The developed capacity building program is to achieve this aim taking into consideration the good natural resource management, adaptation to climate change, food and nutritional security for the people, and promoting the resilience of agricultural and fishing communities to crises (whether related to the market, prices or health or due to natural disasters, conflicts, etc.). In this regard, in Egypt, agriculture and rural regions clearly remain a source of resilience for many families in the face of economic shocks.