Enhancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable rural development and food security actions

5 October 2021

In the framework of GEMAISA2 project “Enhancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable rural development and food security actions”, funded by the Italian cooperation and implemented in Egypt by CIHEAM Bari jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation (MARL) and represented by the Policy and Coordination Unit for Women in Agriculture (PCUWA) , the closing workshop of the Pilot Initiative in Egypt took place online on 5 October, shortly after the ones held in Tunisia and Palestine. 

The event was opened by Wessam El Kassas, GEMAISA2 national coordinator, Hoda Raouf, Focal Point of GEMAISA2 at  the Foreign Agricultural Relations – FAR-  and PCUWA  Director, who also made an address on behalf of Saad Moussa, Supervisor of Foreign Agricultural Relations, Biagio Di Terlizzi, CIHEAM Bari’s Deputy Director,  Martino Melli, Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Office in Cairo and  Dr. Alaa Azouz,  Head of the Agricultural Extension Sector at  MALR, representing  H.E the Minister. 

During the opening session, emphasis was placed on the continued support provided by the Italian Cooperation to Egypt towards building a more inclusive and gender-responsive society and promoting gender equality and women’s economic and social empowerment, a commitment which will be further strengthened in the coming years. 

The  workshop focused on the activities carried out and the results achieved through  the  Egyptian pilot initiative that  aimed at enhancing women’s role and increasing their capacity to work in groups within the diary and handicraft value chain, in the governorates of  El Fayoum and Sohag respectively, and  at improving the capacity to mainstream gender in the policies, strategies, programmes and activities of some  selected  MALR Departments. 

Marie Reine Bteich, from CIHEAM Bari’s GEMAISA core team, together with Wessam El Kassas and Marwa Elsayed, national coordinator of GEMAISA project, illustrated the approaches and tools used for its implementation and the main results obtained at local and institutional level. 

The discussion was enriched by the testimonies of the women beneficiaries of GEMAISA activities and inputs  and by the screening of short videos. One of the  videos was specially prepared  for MANSOUGA, a brand newly created for tally and embroidery handicrafts from Shandaweel Island village. More importantly, MANSOUGA will take part in Turathna exhibition in Cairo from 9 to 15 October to sell the products designed and produced in the framework of the project.