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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for sustainable improvement of quality and quantity of horticultural production of small-scale farmers in Fayoum











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    Water harvesting and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for improved livelihood and increased and sustained production in Matrouh rain-fed agricultural areas 2018
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    The purpose of this brochure is to introduce the Project’s work and its expected outputs. The brochure raises awareness on what FAO is doing with EU’s support to improve the livelihood of the rural poor and enhance the development of rain-fed areas in Marsa Matrouh being one of the important border governorates in Egypt. This brochure introduces the Project’s work and its expected outputs. It highlights the rationale for implementing the Project, its objectives, target groups, and main activities. The brochure raises awareness on what FAO is doing with EU’s support to improve the livelihood of the rural poor and enhance the development of rain-fed areas in Marsa Matrouh as one of the important border governorates in Egypt.
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    Improving Productivity, Quality and Competitiveness of Horticultural Production in Fayoum - GCP/EGY/027/EC 2021
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    In Egypt, the smallholder horticulture sector, which represents 90 percent of the horticulture production sector, has not been able to keep up with recent technological developments in terms of on-farm water use efficiency, and the application of integrated production and protection management, as the backbone of Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). Overall, the sector is at risk of losing its competitiveness with a consequent loss in jobs and income for a large number of rural families. In Fayoum Governorate, there were constraints regarding the availability of water per capita and for agricultural use, and the application of agricultural technology, management and inputs, post-harvest technology and facilities, as well as access to market information and linkages. The overall goal of the project was to improve the living conditions of small-scale horticulture farmers in five target villages in Fayoum, by increasing the production, quality and competitiveness of horticultural production through the development and adoption of GAPs.
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    Policy guide to improve water productivity in small-scale agriculture
    The case of Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda
    2020
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    In developing countries, further progress of irrigation is essential for increasing food security and farmers’ income. However, developing small-scale schemes remains a challenge due to multiple factors that must be taken into consideration, such as diversity of small-scale schemes, a large number of water users, social disharmony over the water use, varying water demands of multi-cropping systems, heterogeneity of equipment over the scheme. Furthermore, on-farm irrigation development has a major role in enhancing Agricultural Water Management (AWM). The previous development methods considered the improvement of single-factor productivity, but agriculture is undergoing a global shift from the single objective of outputs (such as yield or net income) to multiple objectives of increasing outputs while conserving natural resources. Many pathways towards enhancement of Water Productivity (WP) are directly related to improving overall farm agronomic management (irrigation, fertilization, plant density, plant protection, etc.), while external measures must be applied to ensure sustainability of introduced good practices (lack of input markets, scarce knowledge, poor infrastructures, water regulations, etc.). Thus introducing irrigation practices to farmers must undergo a step-wise process to ensure that costs do not outweigh achievable benefits, and both institutional and technical environment are capable to sustain results. This is the case in smallholders’ schemes, where farmers are poorly resourced. In order to address these issues, the current policy guide presents a combined methodology, which involves practical experiences drawn from FAO work in the three countries as well as researchers’ results to line up a set of feasible measures to improving WP.

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