The jointly organized workshop was the outgrowth of the successful panel discussion on smart agriculture in arid regions last year in Cairo. Bringing together a total of 50 agricultural practitioners, stakeholders, as well as scholars, it was a perfect opportunity to discuss perspectives and experiences with climate and water smart agriculture in Egypt on the spot. The importance of this topic was not only emphasized by more than 200 candidates applying to participate in the event, but also by the attendance of high-ranking representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egyptian universities, research centers, farms as well as other ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Prof. Dr. Shireen Assem, Vice President of the Agriculture Research Center (ARC) in Egypt, opened the workshop on behalf of His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ezz el-Din Abu Steit, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, while Mrs. Isabell Mering, Director of the DAAD Cairo office also welcomed the guests, speakers, and participants. Following introductory comments by Mr. Hany El Kateb from the Presidential Advisory Council, Prof. Dr. Johannes Sauer, Head of the TUM Chair of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics, held the keynote speech stressing the importance of innovation in agricultural development.
The ensuing keynote lectures from speakers from Egyptian universities focused on the potential of climate smart agriculture in Egypt, while the following session featured presentations from PhD students, moderated by Dr. Emmanuel Benjamin (TUM) and Dr. Fadi Abdelradi (Cairo University). The resulting lively discussion focused on climate and water challenges in Egyptian agriculture and how to mitigate them. Solutions were proposed such as shifting land property towards land management as to prevent land fragmentation, thus facilitating the application of smart solutions. We’re looking forward to further joint events!