The EU and Italy take stock of experience gained through the EU Joint Rural Development Programme
October 5, 2020
The EU-JRDP is an “area-based” initiative that started in three governorates (2014-2020), namely Matrouh, Minya and Fayoum and was implemented by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Development, through the Italian Embassy in Egypt with the technical assistance of the Italian Agency for Cooperation (AICS), allocating (€ 11.0 M) to the project. The European Union (EU) has allocated a grant of (€ 21.9 M) for this project.
“Over the years, the EU has become an increasingly important partner in this sector, with a total contribution reaching over EUR 200 million for past and current programmes. More than twenty years have passed since the first agricultural project supported by the EU was implemented,” said Christian Berger, Ambassador of the EU to Egypt. “The EU-JRDP is part of the larger support that the EU is providing to the rural areas or for the development of agriculture in the country,” he added.
Throughout the implementation period, EU-JRDP acquired a vast range of experience shared during the final event currently taking place in Cairo, with all concerned stakeholders. The EU-JRPD was initially planned to be a five-year programme, and later extended to six, has been implemented through 11 Calls for Proposals with Egyptian and international organisations, and 14 Calls for Tenders, 4 of which directly related to the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure in Minya and Fayoum.