Nasser fellowship delegation for international leadership visit Agricultural Research Center
Translation By: Ahmed Hassan
Today, Thursday, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, organized a visit to the Regional Center for Food and Feed affiliated to the Research Center at the Ministry of Agriculture, with the participation of a number of delegations participating in Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership in its second batch; under the slogan "South-South Cooperation"; in cooperation with the National Training Academy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many national institutions, and under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, with the participation of 100 youth leaders from 50 countries from three continents (Africa – Asia – Latin America), during the period from 1 to 16 June 2021.
The delegations were welcomed at the moment of their arrival by Prof. Saad Moussa – General Supervisor of Foreign Agricultural Relations, Prof. Adel Abdel-Azim, Undersecretary of the Agricultural Research Center for Extension Affairs, and Prof. Maher Al-Maghrabi, Executive Director of the Joint Egyptian Farms Project in Africa.
During the visit, the delegation was briefed on the most prominent activities of the center and its research and communication programs with researchers from the three continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The delegation also got acquainted with the information provided by the research center and its role in the renaissance and agricultural development in Egypt.
During the meeting, a presentation was made of the activities of the Joint Egyptian Farms project, established and ongoing in African countries.
For his part, Dr. Saad Moussa, the Supervisor of the Foreign Agricultural Relations, said that Egyptian agriculture witnessed an unprecedented renaissance at the local level inside Egypt during the era of president Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, Egypt also succeeded in deepening the agricultural cooperation with African countries; and in returning to its pioneering role, especially during its presidency of the African Union, where president Abdel Fatah El-Sisi took upon himself the problems of Africa and sought to solve them. Therefore, the expansion of the project to establish joint farms with African countries was one of the successful development projects to contribute to sustainable development programs in African countries, and also to transfer the Egyptian agricultural expertise to the African brothers.As the project to establish joint farms with African countries developed significantly over the past years, with the achievement of important strategic goals related to increasing productivity, technology transfer and the use of modern research through capacity building and the development of logistical areas to advance investments.
Dr. Adel Abdel-Azim - Undersecretary of the Agricultural Research Center - touched on the activities of the center through monitoring the feed produced locally and imported from abroad, improving and modernizing analysis methods to prevent fraud, arbitration locally and internationally, assisting researchers in universities and research centers in their research activities, implementing training programs for researchers and technicians in the different fields of analysis.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Maher Al-Maghraby - Executive Director of the Joint Farms Project with African Countries - gave a detailed and documented presentation of the stations and activities of the joint Egyptian farms project, especially those being established during the next stage, with replying to the questions raised by the delegations, including the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural development and how to access modern technologies to develop agricultural programs and activities as a whole.
It is worth noting that the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership is considered a continuation of the efforts of the Egyptian state after its presidency of the African Union during the year 2019 in carrying out its assigned role in strengthening the role of African youth by providing all forms of support, qualification and training, in addition to empowering them in leadership positions and benefiting from their capabilities and ideas, it is also considered one of the implementation mechanisms for each of Egypt's Vision 2030, the ten principles of the Afro-Asia Solidarity Organization, Africa's Agenda 2063, the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the South-South Partnership, the African Union roadmap on investing in youth, and the African Youth Charter.