'Consultation Workshop: Agri-tech Innovation Ecosystem in Egypt’ with CGIAR and ASRT

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Cairo (Egypt), 11 February 2024

On 7 February 2024 in Cairo, CGIAR Centers – Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA, IWMI, IFPRI, and supported by the CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) – in collaboration with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt (ASRT) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt (MOHESR), hosted the “Consultation Workshop: Deep Diving into the Agri-tech Innovation Ecosystem in Egypt”.

The event was organized in the context of the CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative ‘From Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa’ (F2R-CWANA), seeking to respond to the climate, nutrition, and agricultural challenges affecting the region. Activities are focused on accelerating and scaling innovations and digital tools that can improve the climate resilience of the countries’ agriculture sectors and food value chains.

The workshop was attended by 80 participants, representing key ecosystem players, including accelerators, incubators, research centers, universities, agri-food companies, farmer organizations, and start-ups. High-level representatives from the Egyptian governmental as well as Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation, attended and actively engaged in the agenda.

The goal was to foster an open dialogue on creating a conducive environment for testing, validating, and deploying solutions that enhance the sustainability, resilience, and efficiency of agriculture in Egypt.

“ASRT is playing a significant role in nurturing the environment for research, development, and innovation in Agriculture field to achieve Egypt vision goals, ASRT’s efforts have supported many initiatives, but there is still much to do”, said Prof. Gina Al-Feki, Acting President of ASRT, in her welcoming speech. “With the commitment of both national and international partners, we are dedicated to finding innovative solutions that benefit everyone. Let’s work hand in hand to turn discussions into actionable recommendations for tangible, real-life solutions.”

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