ACDI/VOCA’s Anderson Addresses American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
ACDI/VOCA and Agribusiness Systems International Regional Representative Doug Anderson recently addressed 40 members of the International Cooperation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
Anderson and Senior Business Intelligence Advisor Dr. Ali El-Saied presented ACDI/VOCA's history of successful programs in Egypt and suggested that market intelligence and value chain mapping have helped the organization identify and grow Egypt's export opportunities in a competitive global market.
Public-Private Alliance Benefit Farmers
Anderson spoke about the tomato farmers doing a “remarkable job” in Upper Egypt under the Agribusiness Linkages Global Development Alliance project. He said the average yield has been raised from 15 to 35 tons per feddan (approximately an acre).
He pointed out that Egypt now has the longest tomato growing and supply capability of any country in the world due to its climate, global export reach and improved processing.
According to Anderson, the future of agriculture is in Upper Egypt and links need to be made in the supply chain to ensure the area reaches its full market potential.
Photo at top left: Doug Anderson (right) addresses members of the International Cooperation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.