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The visit included: 
Ibrahim El-Desouky Villages - Ahmed El Badawy - Sidi Talha in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate - Wadi al-Naqqara and Wadi al-Saayda - Aswan Governorate 
Villages of Wadi al-Saayda includes:
Wadi al-Saayda includes 6 villages, namely “Al-Shahama, Amr Ibn El-Aas, Al-Iman, Al-Samaha, Al-Ashraf, and Al-Nomow”. Such villages are included in Wadi al-Saayda project affiliated to Monitoring Upper Egypt for Development and Cooperation, one of the monitoring agencies of the Land Reclamation Sector affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture. 
Villages of Wadi al-Naqqara;
Wadi al-Naqqara, on the other hand, includes 5 villages, namely “Al-Manar, Al-Hekm,a. Al-Amal, Al-Karama and Al-Baraem”. Such villages are also affiliated to Monitoring Upper Egypt for Development and Cooperation , one of the monitoring agencies of the Land Reclamation Sector affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture. 
 
Key Meetings: 
Aswan Governorate
Basic Information: 
Date of Signature: 20\2\2015
Enforcement Date: 15\6\2015
Closing Date: 30\6\2023
Amount: EUR 50.250 million (USD 63.200 million) 
 
Project Cost and Funding Plan: 
The total cost of the project is USD 83.875 million and it is financed as follows: 
- A loan worth EUR 50.250 million from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) which is equivalent to USD 63.200 million. 
- A grant worth SDR 950.000 (equivalent to USD 1.400 million) for technical assistance and skills development of small farmers. 
- A grant worth SDR 3.380 million (equivalent to USD 5 million) through the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP) to help small farmers acquire knowledge on climate change. 
- A grant worth USD 7.812 million provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through IFAD. (Enforced) 
- A contribution from the Egyptian government equivalent to USD 15 million (in-kind or cash contribution). 
- A contribution from beneficiaries equivalent to approximately USD 2.045 million. 
Objectives: 
- The project aims to raise standards of living for 40.000 rural households or 280.000 small farmers, poor families, young graduates and female breadwinners, besides improving social and economic services in the project implementation areas. 
- It also aims to benefit from untapped investments due to the incomplete facilities and social and economic services. 
 
Expected Results: 
- Supporting small agricultural entities such as cooperatives and social and marketing bodies. 
- Improving the production and marketing of agricultural products. 
- Developing capacities and small agricultural projects. 
- Supporting infrastructure in line with the project’s goals. 
- Providing access to financial services and required skills for investing in the development of new lands for small farmers. 
 
Components:
1- Development of Society and Livelihoods: 
- Supporting rural development associations. 
- Infrastructure and social infrastructure. 
- Vocational training and projects’ development. 
2- Improving Agricultural Competitiveness: 
- Enhancing associations, especially those related for farmers. 
- Infrastructure  for water and renewable energy. 
- Services of agricultural production. 
- Marketing services. 
3- Rural financing services:
- Credit finance for benefiting from financial services (the Social Fund for Development (SFD) provides rural projects, women and youth with loans – the National Agricultural Research and Development Fund (NARDF) provides agricultural cooperative associations with loans). 
- Credit guarantee mechanism for the public.
- Institutional support to provide innovative financial services.