The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chipsy for Food Industries, one of PepsiCo Egypt’s companies renewed a partnership that boosts the productivity of farmers and builds a more transparent and sustainable potato supply chain. U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, PepsiCo Egypt CEO Mohamed Shelbaya, USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed, and PepsiCo Regional Manager for Sustainable Agriculture Reuben Blackie participated in a celebration event.
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. During the first year of the partnership, 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.
U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen noted: “This partnership is helping farmers to increase their incomes and improve the health and well-being of families.”
Over the next three years, USAID and Chipsy For Food Industries will expand activities to farmers in the Menoufia and Minya governorates and plans to reach 2,500 farmers by 2023. Ultimately, Chispy For Food Industries plans to use this model throughout its entire smallholder supply chain in Egypt. Chipsy For Food Industries also positively impacts Egypt’s farming communities through initiatives such as its locally grown seeds program, which enables Chipsy for Food Industries to produce 100% locally sourced potato chips.
On this occasion, Mohamed Shelbaya, CEO of PepsiCo Egypt said, “During the past 70 years, developing the agricultural sector has been and will continue to be on top of our priorities being a core asset to the food industries sector. We have been working closely with the Smallholder farmers who are the corner stone of our agriculture business to develop their capabilities, accordingly their quality and productivity to match the global standards.”
He added, “Today, we are honored to be renewing our cooperation with USAID for the second year in a row 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.”
This partnership is part of USAID’s ongoing support to Egypt’s agricultural sector, which is helping farmers in Upper Egypt become more self-reliant by establishing connections to domestic and international markets, gaining access to finance, and increasing adherence to food and safety practices.
Since 1978, the American people have invested over $30 billion to further support Egypt’s human and economic development. To find out more about USAID’s work in Egypt, please see https://www.usaid.gov/egypt, and follow @USAIDEgypt on Facebook and Twitter.