The Rural Development Program of BLESS is dedicated to supporting Egyptian farmers and their families.
The program seeks to help improve the productivity and health of targeted rural communities by providing new agricultural models and farming techniques, veterinary services, and funding for various farming projects.
The program also makes a conscious effort to improve the lives of women in rural communities, offering opportunities to build their professional capacities and assit them in finding new marketing venues.
The Primary Objective of the Rural Development Program is to help improve the overall health and productivity of targeted rural communities, enabling all community members to acquire a higher standard of living.
According to a report released by FAOUN in 2017, farmers represented 30% of Egypt’s work force, with roughly 56% of Egypt’s total population living in rural communities. Historically, agriculture has been a major export of Egypt, and to this day still accounts for between 20-30% of Egypt’s GDP; however many small farming communities struggle to compete with large food producing corporations and international businesses. As a result, many communities have fallen behind technically and economically, putting many rural communities throughout Egypt at risk.
BLESS offers it development services to rural farming communities all throughout Egypt. The Rural Development Programme predominantly implements services in communities that have proven to be at immediate risk following needs passements conducted by BLESS staff and the PME department.