Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
Program/Project Title Sustaining Lives for Human Security
Location Governorates of Menia, Beni Suef, Fayoum
Duration 67 months
Start – End date 01.02.2009-30.11.2014
Budget EGP 54.3 million
Aid Channel Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme – II Phase
Type of Support Grant
Applicant/Local Counterpart World Food Programme, Egypt Country Office (WFP)
Implementing Institution WFP
Description Sustaining lives for human security” is a continuation for the “School Feeding in Upper Egypt” project funded under the first phase of the Debt for Development Swap Programme, which contributed to boost education, reduce poverty and fighting hidden-hunger among school-age children in the poorest Egyptian areas. In particular, it promoted a system for distributing high nutritional content food to children and their families, in the food safety high risk Governorates of Menia and Beni Suef first, and Fayoum Governorate later. The project also contributed to build local capacity through pilot demonstration of effective school feeding methods to enhance nutritional content in order to improve child participation in class, using cost effective means. “Local capacity” refers to the capacity of Governmental agencies working in the area of food-for-education, to public and private local producers of school meals, as well as to maternal and child health centres located in the most remote regions, the latter being responsible for children’s health. Over 98,000 vulnerable children and their families were reached by project activities, in particular by the distribution of fortified date bar snacks, take-home rations of rice and de-worming tablets
Expected Results 1.      Pilot ways of enhancing the nutritional content of food commodities through fortification with vitamins and minerals in which Egyptians are most deficient.

2.      Demonstrating best practices in de-worming to enable maximum benefit from nutrients in consumed foods

3.      Enhanced efficiency of the supply chain for food commodities distributed under the projects to ensure lower cost, minimal food losses, and preserve food quality and safety

4.      Knowledge and lessons learned documented & disseminated

Target Beneficiaries –          49,000 poor and vulnerable people including pre-school children, girls in informal education, and their families. (reached 98,000 children and their families)

–          Local producers of school snacks/meals whose capacity is developed Government of Egypt (GOE) school feeding programme

Reference Contacts dsassistant@cairo.esteri.it