CEOSS organized a consultation for its agricultural program on 27th and 28th of January at CEOSS office. The meeting was attended by 50 participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Centres, the Social Fund, the Public Cooperative Agricultural Union, representatives of the farmers’ organizations, consultants and experts in the agricultural production and representatives of the private sector companies.
The consultation aimed at developing the vision and strategic objectives of the agricultural programs in CEOSS. It discussed some key issues such as:
– The development stages of CEOSS agricultural programs.
– Agricultural investment opportunities and achieving food security
– Marketing opportunities for the agricultural crops of the small farmers at the local and foreign markets.
– Available opportunities for applying the post harvest services.
– Applying the territorial approach in improving the agricultural products. This aimed at expanding the influencing cycles and increasing benefit of the institutions and services.
– The small farmers’ rights to policies and legislations that organize work in the agricultural production (cooperatives between legislations and reality)
A number of recommendations were brought to the discussion at the levels of agricultural regulations and policies, agricultural investing opportunities, marketing small farmers’ products, agricultural guidance and providing technical support services.
CEOSS agricultural program aims at improving the quality of life for the small farmers who cultivate three acres or less and they represent about 85 % of the Egyptian farmers. This category of people works in certain economic and social conditions without a sufficient financial reward and hence can’t guarantee a humble life.
This is taking place through empowering farmers to work in farmers’ groups and alliances and electing those to represent them before the private sector companies and the public agencies, as well as providing farmers with marketing opportunities at reasonable prices. They apply the added value approach, develop the post harvest treatment (drying, sorting and packing) and demand their rights through adopting their important issues and defend them against concerned entities.