The agricultural program of the local development unit seeks to improve the quality of life for small farmers, breeders and fishermen through developing the rural areas and empowering them to invest the available resources and expertise, hence they could reach economic, social and environmental competitive advantages. During February 2014 the following points were implemented:
1- Organized small farmers in networks and official organizations in order to adopt their rights.
CEOSS continued to work on the conversion of small farmers from the individual work into the group work and this was represented into the farmers’ organizations that defend their rights. About 159 members (including 28 women) joined the farmers organizations of whom 36 were new members and 123 renewed their membership inside the local communities.
2- Activated women’s role and participation:
Implementing income generating projects for 58 women for a total amount of 53,270 L.E which included breeding poultry, milk sorting, breading goats and sheep, and selling fruits and vegetables inside the local communities. These projects aimed at increasing the participation of female farmers inside the rural communities and admitting the importance of women’s role in increasing the family income.
3- Capacity Building
Measuring the capacities and analyzing the performance gaps of 2 community based organizations and 4 elected committees of the small farmers. This was implemented through using questionnaires for measuring the capacities.
Held 9 meetings for building the capacities of the elected committee members inside the local communities. These meetings were attended by 35 members of whom 5 members were women.
4- Providing technical support services:
Conducted 4 training workshops for 30 small farmers on the good agricultural practices in tomato and marjoram crops. These were implemented in cooperation with the Federation of Exporters of Horticultural Crops and the FAO Agricultural Organization.
5- Developing Livestock:
4754 families of livestock breeders participated in vet care campaigns and livestock vaccination. These campaigns were conducted in cooperation with the Veterinary Services Authority. Also conducted 31 veterinary preventive and vaccinating campaigns.