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Project Details
Upgrading Fresh Produce Suppliers - MAKRO

Withinthe framework of the MAKRO/UNIDO cooperation, a project was designed to train800 growers in 4 locations on modern techniques, including post-harvesttreatments, GLOBALGAP and economics. In addition, technical assistance will bedelivered to 200 suppliers, which will be selected out of the initial 800growers. The project document was approved by MAKRO and other partners who arefinancing the project (IMC and the Dutch Embassy). The MoU is prepared, and thefirst contracts are under preparation. The project, with a total budget of€313,000, is designed for a 3-year period starting in March 2010.

InMay, a sample of farmers was interviewed in order to assess their needs, andtwo initial training sessions were conducted. The needs assessment confirmedthat small farmers struggle to meet quality and food safety standards, and facemarketing difficulties as well as challenges in production, irrigation,fertilization.

ETRACE hasassisted 360 MAKRO suppliers, all small and medium size growers in Nubaria andQalyoubeya Area, to help them improve productivity and compliance withinternational traceability and food safety standards and regulations. Suppliershave received intensive training courses and are followed up upon twice a weekfor technical assistance and advice on crop and quality and food safety management guaranteeing continuous quality control. Farmers will receivementoring during harvesting and field packing

The replication of this model will be applied in theSharkeya, Beni Sueif and Isamiliya.


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