Food Security Governance of Bedouin Pastoralist Groups in the Mashreq

The “Food Security Governance of Bedouin Pastoralist Groups in the Mashreq” project aims at improving the livelihoods of the pastoralist communities by increasing the capacities of local communities and stakeholders for rangeland management.  The initiative was led by IUCN and implemented in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine.  Implementation in Egypt was lead by CEDARE.


The main activities and results of the project included:

  • Development of an environmental plan in partnership with the stakeholders, community representatives, and tribal leaders.
  • Construction of two cisterns (reservoirs) for the storage of harvested water,
  • Conducting two research studies on floral and vegetation covers titled "Natural Vegetation Cover of the Pilot Hema site at Wadi el Kassaba, North West Coast of Egypt” and “Forage Plants at Pilot Hema Site at Wadi el Kassaba, North West Coast of Egypt.”
  • Two capacity building workshops on GAPs.
  • Two awareness campaigns (one for women and one for men) on maximising the benefit from aromatic and medicinal plants were conducted.

Healthy Ecosystems for Rangeland Development (HERD): Sustainable Rangeland Management Strategies and Practices

HERD is funded by GEF Trust Fund, implemented by UNEP and executed by IUCN, to strengthen restoration and sustainable management of pastoral rangelands for the provision of ecosystem services and protection of biodiversity in Egypt and Jordan and catalyzing scale up regionally and globally.  CEDARE and the Desert Research Center are jointly responsible for the implementation of the project in Egypt.  The project duration is 48 months commencing in October 2017

Rangelands that are subject to land degradation are the object of management interventions under this project. The concept of HERD – Healthy Ecosystems for Rangeland Development – is being consolidated through this project on the back of numerous projects, programs, initiatives, studies, scientific articles and policy papers. HERD intervention focuses on Jordan and Egypt and on the specific issue of or land degradation in drylands, which affects pastoral rangelands in the two countries. It also serves as a ‘catalyst’ for scaling-up of HERD, both regionally and globally.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the importance of supporting pastoral systems while also increasing productivity in the agriculture sector and simultaneously protecting biological diversity, managing waste, and reducing greenhouse gases. It thus provides an opportunity to work globally towards a holistic transformation. Sustainable Pastoralism is a means to deliver on the global 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals through monitoring SDG 15, Life on Land and its interlinkages with all the 17 SDGs.

Rangeland health is linked to the persistence of ecosystem function and, in general terms, healthy rangelands are those where their ecosystem services continue to produce the optimal range of benefits to

society. The optimal use of rangelands is something that needs ongoing negotiation. For this reason, governance is at the heart of this initiative.

HERD builds on the sustainable management of pastoral rangelands for the provision of ecosystem services and protection of biodiversity.

This will be achieved through the delivery of results-oriented project Outcomes, grouped under four Components that focus on: (1) Provision of evidence-based technical assistance; (2) Institutional strengthening for rangeland governance; (3) Up-scaling of good practices in Sustainable Rangeland Management (SRM); and (4) Promoting Sustainable Rangeland Management knowledge, at the global and regional levels.

HERD partners are IUCN, CEDARE, the Desert Research Center in Egypt, The Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia (HFDJB),  GIZ – Jordan, Ministry of Environment in Jordan,  the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD).

Social, Ecological and Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in the Mediterranean

In the period 2011-2013 the EU funded SEARCH project implemented activities to increase social, agricultural and ecological resilience in the face of climate change and other drivers of change in Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. The lessons learned and experienced obtained have been brought together in a toolkit.

The innovative aspect of the project is threefold. Firstly it makes the concept of resilience more concrete by looking into its four components: diversity, infrastructure, self-organization and learning. Secondly it recognizes in all aspects that climate change is just one among many factors that especially cause stress on societies in least developed regions. Last but not least, the toolkit that was prepared in the frame of the project provides practical tools for using the theoretical concept ‘resilience’ to integrate climate change adaptation not only in national strategies but also in the strategies and plans at local and watershed levels. The toolkit  clearly demonstrates the flows of activities under each practical step for developing resilience and how the different steps are interlinked to deliver the overall integrated plan and its implementation.

The toolkit can support all those involved in the design of resilience initiatives in the sectors of Agriculture, Water and Natural Resource Management by providing step-by-step guidance. The toolkit is designed for the use in planning and dialogue within and between local, intermediate and national levels. However, elements of the toolkit are appropriate for use in stand-alone activities within a single municipality, district, governorate, or region.

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RKNOW Project (Regional KNOWledge Network on Water Energy and Food Nexus)

Overall Objective: to create a network in order to provide knowledge around Water, Energy and Food Nexus, among policy makers and practitioners, national and regional organizations, local communities and CBOs, etc. 

Nexus Definition: The Nexus approach integrates management and governance across sectors and scales, with the goal of achieving water security, sustainable energy and food security to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods, under the stress factors of population growth, urbanization, economic stability situation, climate change, etc.. 

Approach: A Nexus approach addresses the water, energy and food as resources and in the meantime as sectors for coordination.  Interventions are at three directions; i) Governance, ii) Economic instruments, and iii) Environment.  This would pave the way to policy coherence, equitable utilization of resources, resource efficiency, resilient communities and ecosystems, environmental conservation and sustainable development. 

Scope: Provide information and case studies about water, food and energy Nexus; approaches and Perspectives; to create a paradigm shift towards sustainable growth; socially, economically and environmentally.

The GI project is participating in SAHARA exhibition, 16-19/9/2018

“Good Agricultural Practices on Geographic Indication for Sustainable Production and Increased Marketing Competence to Enhance Rural Livelihood in Matrouh” Project has participated in the 31st International Agricultural Exhibition for Africa and the Middle East (Sahara), held from )16th -19th) September 2018 at the Egyptian Center for International Exhibitions in Cairo. Sahara Exhibition attendees included, Representatives from EU-JRDP, Project Partners and different public.
The exhibition has shown a great success so it is our pleasure to thank all who contributed to this event for their precious efforts.

Start of the operational activities of the project in Fayoum and Minya with the participants of the stakeholders from Fayoum, Minya and the EU-JRDP.

The Inception workshop was conducted in Minya on 16th April 2018, and it was attended by 62 participants (12 Female – 50 Male) including Eng. Abdul Aati Siddiq the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Samy Zaki Shenouda the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Irrigation, Eng. Hisham Moawad from the Minya Governorate, DR. Hussain Rafaat from EU-JRDP, and  Dr. Amr Abdel Majeed from CEDARE.

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Good Agricultural Practices on Geographic Indication for Sustainable Production and Increased Marketing Competence to Enhance Rural Livelihood in Matrouh

The EU Joint Rural Development Programme and the Italian Development cooperation, funded project, “Good Agricultural Practices on Geographic Indication for e Production and Increased Marketing Competence to Enhance Rural Livelihood in Matrouh”, which aims to increase sustainability and marketing opportunities of agricultural products in Matrouh by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on Geographic Indication (GI) and improve livelihood of the rural communities. The project responds to 2 of the main thematic priorities that guide CEDARE’s development plan. Firstly, environment and development for human well-being and secondly, utilizing environmental resources as a catalyst for socio-economic development.