Research Projects

EBDA cooperates with organizations all over the world in order to promote and enhance organic agriculture. It suggests and carries out research projects related to organic agriculture in cooperation with other research institutes to promote and enhance organic agriculture. Examples are:

  • Socio-economic study on the conservation of wild medicinal plants in South Sinai, Egypt (GEF, UNDP project). The project aims at conserving globally significant medicinal plant species and associated habitats in St Katherine’s Protectorate as follows:
    1) foreclose the use of critically endangered medicinal plant species in hotspots .
    2) introduce small-scale community-based cultivation, processing and medicinal plant marketing to relieve pressure from wild sources in orchards and gardens .
    3) introduce best practices for sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants  throughout the protectorate .
    4) promote alternative energy sources in demonstration areas .
    5) disperse grazing pressure throughout the Protectorate .
    6) protect community intellectual property rights .
    7) replicate project successes in Egypt .

  • Integration of organic farming in the Integrated Pest Management programme in Fayoum, Egypt (Dutch Government project). The EBDA developed course contents for the “farmer field schools” and implemented the pilot trainings.

  • Potentials of organic farming in Wadi Rayan Protectorate, Egypt (Italian Government project). The project purpose is to improve the socio economic conditions of settlers’ communities through sustainable agricultural development in Wadi Rayan and Fayoum by development of technical, business, financial services and promoting sustainable economic activities that will enhance their self-reliance.

  • Renewable Energy Technology Development Project, El-Fayoum Governorate, Egypt, implemented in 2000. The research component of this project proved that for small-scale farmers, tunnel solar dryers substantially improve the drying quality of herbs in comparison to traditional drying methods.

  • SMAP Project on promoting the sustainable use of agricultural land through the introduction of organic farming methods. The overall objectives of this project are to improve the environmental impact of agriculture in the Mediterranean basin and to reduce desertification and land degradation processes.

  • Fixed Price Popular Market Project (UNDP)The overall objectives are to provide an integrated poverty-reduction instrument through the establishment of a fixed-priced popular market. The project integrates poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and governance through a scheme that links agricultural producers to urban markets via an organized solidarity based group.

  • Using solar dryers as an alternative sustainable drying system for small-scale farmers. The project objectives are to develop a solar drying system with optimum capacity to cope with crop patterns, transportation means and the utilization of existing energy in facilities. The project will design, construct, experiment, and modify a prototype dryer. The drying characteristics and drying conditions will be identified for various crops.

  • Production of improved and organically certified seeds for medicinal crops and herbs. The project’s aim is to improve the capability of producing organic seeds of herbs and medicinal crops from current levels to meet actual country needs; and to study the feasibility of establishing an appropriate facility for cleaning, grading and packing in order to deal with the targeted quantities.

  • Evaluating new feeding technology based on crop residues for Upper Egypt’s small-scale farmers. The project’s aim is to increase the income of small-scale farmers raising dairy animals through the application of innovative non-traditional fodder that is made out of rice straw and treated with certain biological products.

  • Preventing Child Labor Abuse in the Agriculture Sector. The objectives of this project are to develop and promote the biodynamic concept, enhance safety and health conditions in the working environment, and to encourage farm owners to provide their farms with the minimum requirement of good working conditions for children.

  • Poverty Alleviation. This project works to alleviate poverty in 13 villages of the EL-Sharkia Governorate, and to help the population to continually strive to raise their standard of living.

  • Bio-Stimulants: Production of Native Microbial Inoculants and Bio-stimulants for Bio-Agriculture. The project aims at producing microbial inoculants and bio stimulants (as bio fertilizers) for biodynamic agriculture.

  • New aspects in the utilization of new and renewable sources of energy to provide and maintain optimal microclimatic conditions in commercial greenhouses. The project aims at utilizing the solar energy flux incident on SEKEM farms and converted it into thermal energy using solar water heaters. The energy collected and stored is utilized to heat a commercial greenhouse (32 meters length and 9 meters width, net floor surface area of 288 square meters) at night and during the winter season.