Upscaling agro-ecology: SEKEM, a promise for other regions

Debate with dr. H. Abouleish, prof. dr. L. Brussaard, dr. L. Fleskens

Organisator Studium Generale

vr 16 mei 2014 19:30 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

In 1977 the SEKEM initiative started in the desert, 60 kilometres northeast of Cairo. Using agro-ecological farming methods, desert land was revitalized and agriculture started to flourish. Over the years, SEKEM has become the umbrella of a multifaceted group which nowadays includes large farming lands on four desert-locations, a cooperation with 800 biodynamic farms, a microcredit program, a medical centre, a school, a University, a research centre and several factories delivering for example medical plants, herbs and tea and cotton products. (

What is the basis of their success and what lessons can be learned?

Dr. H. Abouleish (CEO of SEKEM) tells about the vision and development of SEKEM and discusses the im/possibilities of upscaling with Prof dr. L. Brussaard (PE&RC) and dr. L. Fleskens (S&LM).