EGYPT – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chipsy for Food Industries, a PepsiCo Egypt company, have renewed a partnership that is aimed at improving the livelihood of farmers in Egypt.

The partnership will work towards boosting the productivity of farmers and building a more transparent and sustainable potato supply chain. 

According to a statement from USAID, the partnership empowers Egyptian smallholder farmers to establish reliable market linkages, increase crop quality and yields, and progress toward internationally recognized standards for sustainable agriculture.

USAID further noted that they have been working closely with smallholder farmers who are a cornerstone of the agency’s agriculture business to develop their capabilities to meet global standards.

“Today, we are honored to renew our cooperation with USAID to improve the livelihoods of the smallholder Egyptian farmers by providing them with the technical know-how and the sustainable agriculture practices, to include these farmers in Chipsy’s supply chain.”

Mohamed Shelbaya – CEO of PepsiCo Egypt

During the first year of the partnership, USAID says that the farmers received training and technical recommendations on good agricultural practices, such as targeted use of irrigation and fertilizer. 

As a result, in the 2019/2020 growing season, hundreds of farmers in Beni Suef significantly increased quality and yield and cut costs, tripling profits.

Over the next two years, USAID and Chipsy for Food Industries will expand activities to farmers in the Menoufia and Minya governorates and plan to reach 2,500 farmers by 2023.

The US development agency revealed that Chipsy had plans of using this model throughout its entire smallholder supply chain in Egypt. 

Apart from the partnership with USAID, PepsiCo Egypt also positively impacts Egypt’s farming communities through initiatives such as its locally grown seeds program, which enables the company to produce 100% locally sourced potato chips.

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