Inclusive and sustainable local economic development in Upper Egypt (SOHAG) – Phase 2 (HAYAT)

Project completed
Agricultural students, farmers and extension officers from Sohag visiting a greenhouse in Minya to learn the advantages of vertical cultivation in greenhouses from their neighbours. Greenhouses are an effective technique to overcome land fragmentation, reduce water and fertilizer consumption while creating jobs. © UNIDO

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Sohag and Tahta Districts, Sohag Governorate
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural development
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)
Food security policy
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
15.11.2012 - 31.12.2021
CHF  1’800’000

Sohag is one of the poorest governorates of Upper Egypt, with a total population of some 4.6 million, of which 1.3 million are poor. 250 of its villages are among the 1,000 poorest in Egypt. Poverty in Sohag is essentially structural and multi-dimensional, deriving from lack of adequate public infrastructure, limited private capital accumulation, low levels of investment in human capital and limited pro-poor programmes.


The Hayat II Project aims at enabling vulnerable individuals and communities to integrate better into local market systems in order to secure more stable flows of income necessary to satisfy basic needs and wants and, in turn, reduce economic insecurity.


The overall goal of the project is to strengthen long-term resilience of communities by improving integration of rural households, farmers, small-scale businesses, youth and women into the local economic systems. The project specifically targets agribusiness and waste management where comparative advantages and potential for economic growth and employment generation are significant, while fostering an entrepreneurial culture among the youth.

Target groups

The main direct beneficiaries are vulnerable households, farmers, small-scale enterprises, youth and women. Local communities, extension services, education and local development institutions will also benefit from the project’s capacity building activities.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Industrial Development Organization

Implementing partner
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’800’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’800’000
Project phases

Phase 1 15.11.2012 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)