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In Photos: A Visual Tale of Luxor’s Agricultural Transformation

In Photos: A Visual Tale of Luxor’s Agricultural Transformation

El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.

Visually, Luxor is most famous for its iconic temples. Yet beyond this, while there is the visual tale of ancient Egypt, there is also the current visual tale of Egyptian farmers that are opening up to the world and the future.

Today, investing in resilient agriculture is more important than ever. According to an article on the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic “should spur us to redefine how we feed humanity.” Being the most labor-intensive, providing an estimated 28% of all jobs and 55% of rural employment, it is the most critical sector to alleviate poverty, provide job opportunities and transform communities for generations to come.

Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat recently announced expansions of projects to support over a million farmers until 2030. The recent expansion will support the capabilities of 280,000 small farmers in 64 villages in Luxor Governorate, as well as four other governorates in Upper Egypt. The main role of the ministry is to strengthen economic diplomacy with development partners such as the World Food Programme to deliver the 2030 agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Concerted efforts are needed to push forward with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the sustainable development of agriculture being a central pillar in this endeavour,” Minister Al-Mashat said, “Together with the WFP, we are focusing on ensuring food security going into the future and empowering communities to build for a resilient and green economy.”

Modern and smart farming techniques, as well as renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, are becoming more relevant to help drive development. In this visual tale of projects implemented in El Boghdadi village, one of 53 communities targeted, projects include the provision of irrigation lining, solar power plants, sun drying tomatoes unit that will also help enhance the participation of women through 200 seasonal job opportunities, and learning and collection centres that help farmers apply modern agricultural practices to export abroad.

“These current projects are changing our mindsets and are opening us doors to the world. It implanted inside all of us a new kind of affection and love for the land of Luxor,” Khaled Mohamed, one of the beneficiaries in El Boghdadi village, told Egyptian Streets.

Below are photos that capture Luxor’s agricultural development.

“To have this solar panel is a dream come true. It saves for us electricity and water, and helps save a lot of time and effort for us,” Ahmed Hemly, one of the beneficiaries of the projects in El Boghdadi village. Credit: El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Farmer in El Boghdadi village. El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Solar panel, which can dry crops at a faster rate and add an advantage of protection from birds. El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Khaled Mohamed, one of the beneficiaries in El Boghdadi village, told Egyptian Streets. El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Sun drying tomatoes unit, which help increase production of tomatoes by 100% and provide 200 seasonal job opportunities for women. El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Women at the Esna Packhouse, helping farmers to apply modern agricultural practices and meet international standards for exporting. El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
Sun dried tomatoes. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.
El Boghdadi Village. Credit: Ministry of International Cooperation, Ashraf Hamed.

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