These activities are only a small part of Egypt’s overall water sector reform strategy. The upscaling of irrigation modernisation is crucial. With support from EU Water STARS, three regional demonstration projects, a national coordination project and a national innovation project have been launched. The project is also facilitation cooperation between farmers, banks, the government, and international funding agencies to improve access to finance for irrigation upgrades. The EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Green Climate Fund are also supporting Egyptian initiatives to boost Egypt's green finance and develop value-added chains for the private sector worth a total of €220 million.
Since 2007, the EU and Egypt cooperation in the water sector has amounted to €500 million in 20 different programmes, leveraging funds of nearly €2.5 billion in the sector and benefitting 18 million Egyptians, nearly one third of the population in the governorates where the interventions occurred.
For more information about the EU Water STARS project, visit https://euwaterstars.org/