Enhancing water efficiency and food security through Egyptian TVET's

This project intends to enhance water efficiency and food security in Egypt by means of capacity building at TVET/HE's and fits perfectly in OKP's priority themes for Egypt:

  • Water, linked to food and nutrition security (FNS)
  • Efficient water management for climate smart agriculture (CSA)

The short version is: setting up thematic workgroups around identified issues in the delta and at the edge of the desert, combine Dutch and Egyptian expertise, involving people at TVET/HE like institutions and other stakeholders in an inclusive way, striving for tangible and applicable outputs and disseminate these to farmers, small enterprises, agro industries and exporters.

Each learning package is prepared by a literature review and include placements, surveys and assignments on the respective topics by joint Dutch and Egyptian workgroups, in which also TVET/HE teachers and students participate; thus attaining problem based interdisciplinary research and teaching skills, teamwork and further professional development.


Long term impact:
The project will contribute to:

  • Promote agricultural growth.
  • Create ecologically sustainable food systems.
  • Water efficiency in agriculture increased.

Medium term impact:

  • Education system (TVET/HE) is of good quality, relevant and accessible (SDG 4).
  • Partnerships between persons and organisations are inclusive and sustainable (SDG 17).
  • Organisations key to (sectoral) inclusive development of partner countries are strengthened by inflow of enhanced workforce.
  • Young professionals/potentials from participating institutes both in Egypt and the NL had an opportunity to gain international experience in a multi-cultural setting with their own profession, an 'once in a lifetime professional experience'.


  1. Institutional output
    Working groups are set up, operational and sustained as interface between TVET/HE's, relevant governmental bodies and end users/private sector, aiming at aligning water and agricultural challenges and find solutions for the needs in the agricultural sector.
  2. Organisational output
    Capacities and mechanism at TVET/HE's are strengthened on interdisciplinary basis and based on needs of the labour market and private sector.
  3. Educational output
    TVET/HE's curricula in the field of production of crops, processing, value addition and chain management are reviewed, renewed, complemented with new courses and piloted with a focus on the link between water efficiency and food security, based on labour market needs assessment; explicitly addressing interdisciplinary gaps and diversity.


TVET/HE institutions and indirect beneficiaries are farmers (more than 100 in the delta region and more than 100 in the dessert region and finally more than 50 small enterprises and agro industries who contribute to improved nutrition and food security.