About the FAS Project

The Feed the Future Egypt, Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) project is a 5-year agriculture development program funded by USAID and implemented by CNFA. The program, which began in 2015, aims to increase incomes, enhance food security, and improve the nutritional status of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. FAS works in seven governorates in Upper Egypt: Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag, Assiut, Menia, and Beni Suef. The project is market-driven and focuses on high value horticulture crops with export potential including vegetables, fruits, and herbs and spices.

To meet these goals, the market-driven FAS program is supported by four interrelated components:

  • Improved on-farm production
  • More efficient post-harvest processes
  • Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products
  • Improved nutritional status, especially for women and children 

The FAS project is market-oriented and supports support farmers to grow horticultural products in accordance with the requirements of the market and strengthen trade links for production inputs, services and markets. The project is also providing capacity building and using ICT services to improve the economic conditions of women farmers in value chains of high-profit horticultural crops.

Key Expected FAS Project Results:

  • Increased productivity of selected horticultural crops.
  • Increased income of over 14,000 small farmers due to increased horticultural production, reduced input costs, and increased value of horticultural products.
  • Facilitate contracts between smallholder farmers and buyers.
  • Provide in-kind grants to refurbish and develop productive infrastructure, catalyze innovation, stimulate investment, and support the development of critical value chain segments while also leveraging investment from the private sector.
  • Support rural women and help them to undertake small agricultural-related entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Raise awareness of proper nutrition and improve food safety practices for households.

About CNFA

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity, and improve access to inputs and financing in 45 countries around the world.


The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and its core partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), provide the FAS project with international and local technical expertise to support the development of cold chain infrastructure and related technologies. GCCA is dedicated to the proper handling and storage of perishable products and the development of systems and best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food to the people of the world. Through our nonprofit core partner, WFLO, GCCA supports international cold chain development through partnerships with donors, NGOs, governments, educational institutions, local associations, and private sector businesses to promote business to business knowledge through training, education, and research. Since 2002, WFLO has completed more than 100 projects in over 60 countries.