Supported by the EU Twinning Project Support the Improvement of Agricultural Research in Egypt through Modernisation of the Agricultural Research Centre, the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) now has an improved strategy and reorganisation plan, updated ARC information system, and stronger administrative capacity. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) helped to drive the project with its knowledge of strategy, organisation and internationalisation.
Launched in September 2015 and funded by the EU (total budget of 1.4 million euros), the Twinning Project aims to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural research in Egypt by consolidating the legal basis and strengthening the coordination and operational capacity of the ARC in accordance with EU best practices.
The project will create an improved regulatory framework for the ARC with proposals for a new presidential decree and regulatory reform. Alongside a new strategy, the ARC has a reorganisation plan that recognises the
importance of dissemination of research results and services provided by the ARC. The ARC's information system has been updated and is now more suitable for human resources management research coordination. Numerous training programmes have also broadened the ARC's administrative capacity.
Study visit: research in Wageningen
The project is being implemented as a partnership between the ARC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of Egypt and its
counterparts in France, Italy and the Netherlands. This cooperation project
involved expert missions from European governments to support ARC experts and study visits by Egyptian experts to the institutions in the European partners’ countries. WUR, the Dutch partner, contributed to the project with its knowledge of strategy, organisation and internationalisation.
A delegation from the ARC came on a two-day study visit to WUR to see how our research is organised. The visit mainly focused on the transition from a government research institute to a demand-oriented, competitive research organisation. As it takes around 25 years to complete this transition, the ARC's main focus in the project is on the initial steps that
have been made.
Twinning: consolidating expertise
By supporting candidate countries and new members in harmonising
with EU regulations, EU member states invest in safety and stability in the
neighbouring countries of the EU. Twinning projects are one way of achieving this: they enable knowledge exchange between EU member states and candidate countries, new members and the neighbouring countries of the EU, effectively consolidating the expertise of governments in these countries. The countries agree on which results they want to achieve in the project. Works, training sessions and study visits all aim to facilitate knowledge exchange. Twinning projects encourage ‘learning by doing’ and the exchange of best practices. The Netherlands had signed up to 23 Twinning projects in 2015, some of which in collaboration with one or more other EU member stages. The Netherlands was chosen to implement 14 of these projects.