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As part of a project aiming at creating jobs in the organic agriculture and food industry in Egypt, the Fayoum Agro Organic Development Association (FAODA) in Egypt, the international department of the Training and Development Centres of the Bavarian Employers' Associations (bfz GmbH) and Naturland cooperated in short-term venture.

The aim of the short project was the training of multipliers of FAODA by the bfz and Naturland experts. In a two-day workshop in El Fayoum, Egyptian farmers, processors and exporters were trained in the principles of organic farming, composting, permitted inputs in organic farming, internal control systems for small farmers' organisations and the importance and requirements for fair trade certification. In another one-day workshop in Cairo, Naturland trained 14 Egyptian inspectors of various inspection bodies in the requirements of the Naturland guidelines for organic agriculture, social responsibility and internal control systems. One focus was on the quality assurance systems in the Naturland organic value chain, especially for export products from Egypt. During the project various operations cultivating medicinal herbs, vegetables and fruit were visited.

In February, a delegation of the project participants, organic producers and exporters, followed an invitation to participate in the Biofach 2018 trade fair in Nuremberg. Various appointments with German importers and specific topic tours such as herbs and spices or vegetables were arranged. Of course, the visit of the Egypt country pavilion was mandatoy. The exchange with the Import Promotion Desk of sequa/giz was another important part of the visit. The Import Promotion Desk promotes sustainable imports of certain products from selected partner countries and deliberately merges the interests of German importers with those of exporters from emerging growth markets.