Advanced Marketing and Agribusiness Logistics (AMAL) Global Development Alliance (GDA)

Integrating Smallholder Farmers into Egypt’s Export Market to Improve Livelihoods


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Zeinab Mohamed El-Adly is an ordinary woman from Upper Egypt who knew how to take care of her household, but …

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Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MOALR) visited our Egypt Advanced Marketing and Agribusiness Logistics (AMAL) …


Upper Egypt benefits from fertile soil, quality water sources, and an early growing season, enabling the region to supply high-value horticultural products to consumers abroad. Despite the market potential and comparative advantage, traditional smallholder farmers, who dominate Upper Egypt’s production systems, are hesitant to transition to higher-value, export-quality horticulture production. With the right support and tools, ACDI/VOCA’s experience in the region has proven that Upper Egyptian farmers are interested in taking advantage of those market opportunities.

In partnership with the Horticultural Export Improvement Association (HEIA), the USAID-funded Advanced Marketing and Agribusiness Logistics (AMAL) project develops inclusive horticulture value chains in Upper Egypt that integrate smallholder farmers into the high-value export market. Construction of a perishable terminal and targeted trainings at Luxor airport will allow Upper Egypt to more effectively compete in international markets by decreasing time-to-market costs and bringing much-needed supply chain infrastructure to the region.

  • Improve access and use of market intelligence
  • Facilitate value chain linkages
  • Catalyze market-oriented production practices
  • Organize and strengthen producer organizations
  • Strengthen institutional capacity of producer organizations to negotiate collective purchase arrangements with buyers and suppliers, manage and provide quality control throughout the production process, and provide services to members
  • Build the capacity of smallholder producers and exporters to meet international market quality requirements and integrate new technologies and techniques into the production process
  • Construct a perishable terminal at Luxor airport to decrease time-to-market costs and bring much-needed supply chain infrastructure to the region
  • Work with packhouse operators and staff at the perishable terminal to ensure operational compliance with international standards
  • Broker sustainable commercial relations between HEIA exporters and smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt, facilitating forward contracting schemes between exporters and producer organizations
  • Position the Center of Excellence to disseminate and analyze market information and continue these activities after the project ends
  • Create an equivalent of 2,500 full-time sustainable employment opportunities over the life of project for smallholder producers and rural SMEs in the Upper Egypt agribusiness sector
  • Increase income per target household by an estimated $1,461 per year, which represents an increase of approximately $4.38 million in annual income across all households
  • Reduce post-harvest losses by 10 percent per year by improving production techniques across the supply chain, post-harvest infrastructure, transportation, and processing facilities
  • Increase smallholder farmers’ returns on assets such as land, irrigation systems, and storage facilities by increasing their internal rate of return by 2 percent per year
  • Increase employability skills of 200 women to ensure their active participation in all activities and enhance their participation in income-earning opportunities
  • Promote the uptake of three new innovative production techniques and technologies that will improve productivity and yields and respond to end-market requirements as well as improve food quality and safety to satisfy international market-entry thresholds

Budget: $11,472,120
Contact: Sydney Sapper,